1st Edition

ASEAN and India–ASEAN Relations Navigating Shifting Geopolitics

Edited By M. Mayilvaganan Copyright 2022
    298 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the nearly 30 years of India–ASEAN relations from a contemporary perspective, identifies the reasons for India’s vibrant and significant relation with ASEAN and examines the cultural, economic, political and strategic linkages between India and ASEAN.

    The book projects the future of India–ASEAN relations in the face of the changing Indo-Pacific geopolitics and explores potential policies which could enhance the connection between India and Southeast Asian countries. Arguing that ASEAN is of primary importance to India, the book suggests that any successful outing in the Indo-Pacific would need a strong partnership with India. The book demonstrates how external powers influence ASEAN, with many of them supporting the centrality of ASEAN and its regional architecture in the broader Indo-Pacific. Chapters by experts in their fields present thematically specific analyses of political, defence, maritime and cultural aspects as well as the position of Northeast India in the India–ASEAN relations and assess the success and challenges of India’s ties with ASEAN in the context of the Look East and the Act East Policies.

    A reassessment of ASEAN–India relations past and present, this book will be of interest to academics and policy makers working in the field of International Relations, Asian Politics and South Asian Politics, in particular India’s Foreign Policy and Southeast Asian Politics.

    1. Introduction - ASEAN And India: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics

    M. Mayilvaganan


    2. ASEAN at 50: External Actors and Its Relevance

    Subhadeep Bhattacharya

    3. ASEAN and the Emerging Contest over Natural Resources

    Nitin Agarwala

    4. ASEAN-led Regional Security Architecture

    Udai Bhanu Singh


    5. The US, India and ASEAN: Convergences and Challenges

    Vivek Mishra

    6. ASEAN in India’s "Act East Policy"

    Gitanjali Sinha Roy

    7. ASEAN and Northeast India: Through the Panorama of ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’

    Mohor Chakraborty

    8. India’s Defence Diplomacy in Southeast Asia: Exploring New Avenues

    Pankaj Jha

    9. India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation: Need for a Proactive Approach

    Joshy M. Paul


    10. Culture and Connectivity: The Salience of 2Cs in India-ASEAN Relations

    M. Mayilvaganan

    11. ASEAN-India Trade and Commerce Ties: Issues, Prospects and Challenges

    Shelly Gupta

    12. India’s Engagement with its Diaspora in Southeast Asia: A Neglected Diaspora?

    S.Y. Surendra Kumar

    13. ASEAN-India Relations: A Soft Power Approach

    Doan Truong Thu


    14. The Future of ASEAN and India-ASEAN Relations

    Quach Thi Hue

    15. Engaging ASEAN: India’s Strategy and Policy Options

    Gautam Mukhopadhaya


    M. Mayilvaganan is Associate Professor at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies (SCSS), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Campus in Bangalore, India, where he leads the NIAS ISSSP Indo-Pacific Research Studies.

     “This is a well-written, comprehensive volume by Dr. Mayil and his colleagues that takes stock of the varied issues in the 27 years of India–ASEAN ties. The book covers topics across security, connectivity, trade, culture and people-topeople dimensions, all written by a fine group of young scholars from India and Vietnam, which will make it appealing not only to area studies experts but also to the general audience. Highly recommended.”

    – Dr. Dharish David, Associate Faculty, University of London—SIM-Global Education, Singapore

    “This is not only a timely but also a relevant contribution to Indo-ASEAN relations amidst Covid-19 and the global power transition. ASEAN and India–ASEAN Relations: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics sheds light on strategic and security affairs with a specific focus. This volume is crafted to be a spellbound reading as it reveals unique insights on soft-balancing to maintain security, peace, stability and prosperity in ASEAN region as well as in the Indo-Pacific region at large. Dr. Mayil, one of the well-known scholars on strategic and security affairs related to India and its neighbourhood, empowers a young and experienced group of analysts to know more on “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable—the art of the next best”!”

    – Mr. Khin Maung Soe, Advisor, Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Yangon, Myanmar

    “An extremely insightful work on the evolving dynamics and changing contours of India’s relations with the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN). An indispensable work for a better understanding of the shifting geopolitics and emerging security architecture in the Asian region.”

    – Prof. Jatswan S. Sidhu, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Kuala Lumpur, University of Malaya