Our research areas, include:
• International Diplomacy
• Indian Foreign Policy
• Globalisation, World trade and its impact on India and Third World
• International Terrorism
• Emerging social and political issues of India and third world
• Africa Unit
International diplomacy is always changing territory.
The US invasion of Iraq has altogether changed the geopolitics of the Middle east and war looming on Iran is knocking another change. Other countries of the world have to change their diplomacy accordingly because of the painful fact that the US is the sole super-power.
Third world countries are living in constant fear. But what are the ground realities? What is happening in Iraq and how Iran is bracing itself to counter US onslaught?
So these two areas are our constant concern of research.
We also have separate departments of Southeast Asia, Africa and China studies.
Indian Foreign Policy
Are we witnessing a tectonic change in India’s foreign policy? For decades, India, seen as a prominent spokesperson of the Third World and non-alignment, if not a camp follower of the Soviet Union, and the US, widely regarded as a leader of the capitalist world, were described as two ‘estranged democracies’. No longer does this seem to be the case. The recent agreements signed by President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opening up among others the prospect of civilian nuclear cooperation A– a major irritant in their relationship– are seen by many as moving into a decisive new chapter.
There are other concerns. Are we over-reading the potential of nuclear power in meeting our growing energy demand, possibly sacrificing enhanced development of conventional sources– hydel and hydrocarbons? Will these agreements result in India further opening up its markets to US goods and corporations, dilute the negotiating position in the WTO and so on?
Will it change our relations with our neighbours, possibly jeopardize the fragile peace process with Pakistan, expectedly miffed at being treated differentially from India? Are we being drawn into a strategic containment policy vis-a -vis China? And what of our traditional allies, in particular Russia?
More troubling are the joint statements on spreading democracy and combating terrorism. Will India, for instance, be now expected to play a more pro-active role in the many conflicts that the US led fight against terrorism may give rise to? Worse, will we become a site, as indeed many US allies have, for escalated action by global terrorist networks. All this may be a high price for what we perceive to be substantive gains in the access to high end technologies, not just nuclear and military equipment, but in space, computers and agriculture.
We are constantly monitoring the developments in Indian foreign policy. This is our prime area of work.
We are studying terrorism from the third world angle. India has for long been a playground for terrorists but the world and particularly the USA didn’t pay any heed.
The scenario changed post 9/11 which proved the fears of India’s stand on global terrorism.
We have made a huge database of global terrorism from the third world perspective.