Book title: JAPAN-SAARC PARTNERSHIP: A Way Ahead
Author(s): Srabani Roy Choudhury(Ed.)
ISBN: 978-81-8274-784-5
Publication Year: 2014
Binding: HB
Pages: 336
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About the Book:
Despite a tremulous start, SAARC member countries have plodded ahead tentatively but diligently to overcome differences and achieve meaningful progress towards its objective of creating an environment of cooperation and cordiality among the member nations. With an upsurge in regionalism and with focus of international interest shifting to the Asian region, major world powers are seeking to use the platform of SAARC to enhance their relationship with the countries of the region. Consequently many of them have gained Observers status in SAARC and many others are aspiring to it. Strategically placed between the South East Asia and West Asia, some of the SAARC nations have become critical for energy security as Sea Lines of Communication weave around them. The current changes in the international arena and the progress made by other regional entities has further provided positive impetus to each of the member states of SAARC to appreciate the significance of the organization and to reap benefits from it collectively as well as bilaterally. This volume, the product of an international conference held on ``Japan-SAARC Partnership: A Way Ahead`` by the Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Sasakawa Peace Foundation is an attempt to look at Japan`s relation with SAARC nations from various dimensions- regionalism, politics, security, economics and use of soft power. Enriched by contribution from Japanese and Indian scholars along with scholars from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, it brings in multi-dimensional perspectives in form of eighteen chapters, which would appeal to the specialist of international relations.

About the Author:
Srabani Roy Choudhury(Ed.) : Srabani Roy Choudhury is an Associate Professor in Japanese Studies, in the Centre for East Asian Studies under the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She was a recipient of Japan Foundation Fellowship in 1996-1997 for her doctoral thesis on transferability of Japanese management practices into India. She has also been a visiting scholar to the Keizai Koho Centre in Tokyo and to the Policy Research Institute under Japan`s Ministry of Finance. Her recent publications are centered on Japan-India economic relations, the experiences of Japanese multinationals in India; their entry strategies and their expansion. Intrigued by the vastly disparate consumer behavior in India and in the South Asian region, her current research interests focus on this area and what implication this holds for Japanese companies.

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