A PUBLICATION OF THE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR EASTERN AND
NORTH EASTERN REGIONAL STUDIES, KOLKATA

A University Grants Commission Approved Journal
(under UGC-CARE, Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
ISSN 2582-2241

  • Volume 1, Issue 1 (October 2017)
FIRST PAGES
RESEARCH ARTICLES
How American and Indian Foreign Policy Persuades Pakistan to Stop Cross-Border Terrorism
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There is a need for closer coordination between American and Indian foreign policy towards Pakistan, aimed at reining in that state's support for terrorism. From time to time, the United States announces a token cut of a minimal amount of funds to Pakistan in the war on terror. It is time for the United States to act decisively.

Out-Generaled, Outwitted and Outfought: Flawed Command and Imperial Hubris in the Southeast Asian Race War
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New historical literature urges re-examination of the Fall of Singapore in 1942. The debacle marking the eclipse of British power in Asia was caused by the lack of political will and financial parsimony of the British government, and absence of a strong response to the Japanese threat. The human factors are the failure of military commanders to defend Singapore. There exist wide differences in the historical literature over the role of the British commander, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival, with some historians blaming him for the defeat, while others point to errors of omission and commission by the British government.

Slow Roads to Peace: Future Challenges and Prospects For India's Northeast
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The Indian government must bring peace to the region by meeting the aspirations of its people. While Tripura and Mizoram have been peaceful, they need greater central assistance to develop. This would only be possible if peace can be brought to Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal, and Meghalaya as all these states are closely interlinked. The Indian government must take steps to avoid the conflagration that is in the offing particularly in Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. It must stop knee-jerk reactions and faulty political decisions being taken in New Delhi.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS
Need to Change Mindscapes
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Relevant questions and possible answers for resolving the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir.

Give Peace A Chance, Give Terror None
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India must use the opportunity of turmoil in Pakistan to create lasting peace in the Kashmir Valley by launching a credible political initiative, giving no quarter to the armed jihadis.

Written in Stone: Vietnam's Place in the Asian Century
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Vietnam could be the last of the Asian economies that have exported their way from rags to riches. It is likely to continue its pole vault towards developed country status.

The Convergence of India's “Act East” and Thailand's “Look West”
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The two Asian neighbours are rapidly cementing a partnership based on their growing economies, closer trade and cultural links, road and sea connectivity, and a robust defence relationship.

Beyond the Doka La Standoff: Is the “Asian Century” in Jeopardy?
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China views India as the only power that can challenge its unbridled march to supremacy in Asia. While Beijing was demanding a multi-polar world sometime ago, it is no longer willing to countenance a multi-polar Asia. It demands unchallenged dominance in the continent. China considers India’s rise to be against its interest and at its expense.

The Naga Accord and its Adverse Effects In Manipur
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An imperfect accord divides ethnic communities in Manipur, as the Indian government wages counter-insurgency operations against some groups, and favours others.

BOOK REVIEWS
CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATIONS
“Mizoram: A Gateway to Southeast Asia? What Needs to be Done?”
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This international seminar arranged by Ceners-K, and held on 5 and 6 October 2016 at the Mizoram University (MZU), Aizawl, was urgently needed since India’s “Look East Policy” had not benefited the North East Region (NER) of India. Analyses indicate that the new policy to “Act East” will only succeed if the north eastern states work out their own local solutions towards development, ensuring peoples’ ownership and active participation.