Book title: India- Australia Relations: Evolving Poly-centric World Order
Author(s): Darvesh Gopal & Dalbir Ahlawat (Eds.)
ISBN: 9789386618115
Publication Year: 2017
Binding: HB
Pages: 280
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About the Book:

To most perceptive observers world politics is currently witnessing two conflicting trends: first, no one state is in a position to deal with global challenges, be it economic or military security; and second, neither there is scope for any collective global initiative because the number of stakeholders and players on the global arena is significantly on the rise.

Against this background, emergence of the Indo Pacific as a new geo-strategic construct or constellation is perceived as yet another evidence of a rapidly changing multipolar global order the salience of which is as much commended as it is intensely contested.

Well-conceived and structured, the book titled India-Australia Relations: Evolving Poly-centric World Order is a purposive academic venture by a group of young and perceptive scholars of India and Australia. The prime objective of this enterprise is to focus and fathom the unfolding strategic contours of the Indo-Pacific region and its ramifications for the evolving bilateral relations between India and Australia—the two major powers of the region.

Based on in-depth research and analysis, this edited book brings to fore, among other sub-themes of contemporary relevance, the incipient policy postures of the major stake-holders of the region as well as the implications of the policy overtures of these powers towards the constituents of the Indo-Pacific region.

Rich bibliographical sources at the end of the book provide access to detailed references to current literature and critical analysis for researchers working on the rapidly changing dynamics of the region. This book is a valuable additional reader for policy-makers and scholars as well as students engaged in study and analysis on contemporary developments in the Indo-Pacific region. 

About the Author:

Dr Darvesh Gopal is Distinguished Professor of Political Science in India. He is at present the Director of National ODL Centre for Local Self Governance after serving as the Director of School of Social Sciences (2013-2016), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He has been member of different academic committees at various Universities and academic institutions in India and abroad. Prof. Gopal has made substantial and numerous contributions to the field of research and knowledge production. He conceptualized, developed and coordinated several courses since the commencement of Faculty of Political Science, IGNOU like Australian Studies Programme, Gandhi and Peace Studies, Sustainable Development etc. Several accolades have been bestowed on him for his outstanding achievements including the Gold Medal for “Best Research Paper Award 2017 His recent publications include Indo-Pacific: Emerging Power, Evolving Regions and Global Governance and Re-Imagining Australia and India: Culture and Identity. Contact:

Dr Dalbir Ahlawat is a Senior Lecturer and Higher Degree Research Director at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, Australia. He has over 15 years experience of working with government agencies, academic institutions and conducting research both in Australia and overseas. In the process, he has taught courses on international security, supervised PhD students, published three books and several research papers, worked in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organisation for Migration. 


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