Event dates: Tuesday, 7th February 2006 09:00 AM to Thursday, 9th February 2006 17:00 PM

Location: New Delhi, India Contact: Events
 
India and East Asia, Paradigms for a New Global Order
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India and East Asia conference is designed to arrive at a new paradigm to assess the future of this region through a holistic appraisal. This conference aims to attain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of this region through examining how issues of culture, trade and security are interlinked.

Interested parties kindly contact the following:

Dr Ravni Thakur e-mail: ravthakur@vsnl.com
Dr Shri Prakash e-mail: shriprakash_17@hotmail.com

India and East Asia
Paradigms for a New Global Order
February 7-9th 2006, New Delhi

India, China, Japan and South East Asia had intimate economic and cultural ties in the pre-colonial period. Religious and trade links had created a vibrant and synergetic cultural exchange during this period. Colonialism put an end to these multicultural exchanges and ushered in a period of immense change at the levels of cultural, political systems, and economic ties. The end of colonialism once again changed the geo-politics of the region. The Cold War forced the independent Asian countries to tie up with either the Soviet Union or the USA. Today, as the world moves into a new globalization era, this region is once again poised to create new strategic, economic and cultural ties. With Asia poised to be the new economic power house of the world, it is imperative to analyze and understand relations between countries in this region

India and East Asia conference is designed to arrive at a new paradigm to assess the future of this region through a holistic appraisal. Often, this region is analyzed merely in terms of its growing economy or its security priorities. Yet, cultural, historical and strategic issues cannot be dissociated from trade. This conference aims to attain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of this region through examining how issues of culture, trade and security are interlinked. Furthermore focus on the history of the region will assist in learning from our past relations in order to create a new paradigm for regional cooperation and security. It is felt that through a comparative and wider perspective can lead to an equitable relationship for the future.

Six sessions over two days are planned to address the aforementioned issues.

Session I The Coexistence of Civilizations: Revisiting the Past

As the opening session, it will examine the ancient historical relationship that existed between the countries of this region in order to help establish a basis for contemporary friendly ties.

Session II Enchantment and Disenchantment: Interactions with Western Colonialism:

It will look at how emerging national identities helped cement freedom movements and a new way of interacting with each other through support and legitimacy for each others anti-colonial struggles.

Session III Fractured Solidarity: The Cold War in Asia

Focus is on the limits placed by the Cold War on bilateral and multilateral ties in Asia. It will explore the way of how the politics of the Cold War has shaped the geo-political alliances of the continent.

Session IV Globalization and a New Order: Building New Interrelationships

In this session a critical analysis of the regional bilateral, multilateral trade organizations that have emerged in the period of globalization and how these are today influencing international relations in the region.

Session V A New Regional Cooperative Security Paradigm

Attention is on an analysis of the real politics of the region and how it can prove both an impediment and a boon for future relations. Specifically the role of China and India in Southeast Asia will be critically analyzed.

Session VI: Cultural Diplomacy and the Promotion of Track Two Initiatives

This concluding session will discuss the responsible role that the press, tourism and other cultural ties can play in terms of improving intra-regional relations.

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