- US-China tech war is headed for digital decoupling
- Why it’s imperative that India and Taiwan build deeper diplomatic ties
- Southeast Asia is now dominant in the illegal drugs trade
- Malaysia’s changing policy on Rohingya refugees
- India should rethink its policy in the emerging cold war with China
- Paper Review: COVID-19 Pandemic and Racism in the United States and India
- China’s BRI strategy and Laos
- ASEAN needs to come together over Covid-19 pandemic
- What lockdown means for India and humanity
- China asserts presence in South China Sea amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Taiwan shouldn’t be kept out of Covid-19 loop
- The Indo-Pacific needs an infrastructural alliance
- The Chahsat mayhem
- Indonesia’s dilemma over repatriation of its IS fighters
- Asia’s maritime trade torpedoed
- Tapping into Soft Power Diplomacy in a World of Increased Regionalism: India, Southeast Asia, and the Missing Odisha Link
- The Emerging Influence of Huawei and China’s Digital Silk Road
- India must rethink its decision to opt out of RCEP
- India Made a Bold Move on Kashmir
- Who wins the ICC-Duterte tussle?
- What future holds for ASEAN?
- India needs new strategy in the Indo-Pacific region
- India can do more with its Buddhist inheritance
- The need for strengthening ASEAN-Australia relationship
Nehginpao Kipgen Center for Southeast Asian Studies (NKCSEAS)
This Center for Southeast Asian Studies is named after an eminent scholar of Southeast Asian Studies, Professor Nehginpao Kipgen. Prof Kipgen was the founder of this Center in 2016, with the vision of making Southeast Asia a cornerstone of teaching and research at the Jindal School of International Affairs and beyond. The Center is carrying on Prof Kipgen’s legacy after his untimely demise in 2021 under a young and committed team led by Professor Mustafa Izzuddin, who was a good academic friend of the founder.
Southeast Asia, a sub-region of Asia, consists of countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. These countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
These countries share historical, political, economic, cultural and social ties, and all but East Timor are members of the regional bloc called the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This regional bloc has undertaken several initiatives to integrate its members, including developing a single market that would ensure the free flow of goods, services, investment and skilled labor, and the free flow of capital.
The region is far from being homogeneous and encompasses different political institutions, diverse economic structures, and a variety of languages and cultures, including ethnicities and religions. Due to its geopolitics, geostrategic location and a fast-growing economy, the region has generated considerable interest from its neighboring countries in Asia and beyond Asia, including countries in the Western world.
The center envisions itself to be a dedicated central hub of Southeast Asian studies in India and the wider South Asian region, and a thought leader and opinion shaper in South Asia-Southeast Asia relations.
The center intends to bridge and interconnect Southeast Asia with the rest of the world through teaching, research, publication, partnerships, collaborations, cultural diplomacy, and people-to-people exchanges.
Aims and Objectives
The Center seeks to:
- Comprehend the overarching history and politics of Southeast Asia and its significance to the world
- Underscore the importance of comparative politics in, and international relations of, Southeast Asia
- Analyze ASEAN’s history, accomplishments and challenges in regional and international affairs
- Study the economics of countries in Southeast Asia and the attendant regional economic integration
- Survey and explore the rich cultural diversity and heterogeneous societies of Southeast Asia
- Delve into the various aspects of traditional and non-traditional security in Southeast Asia
- Examine the legal factors concerning multilateral agreements vis-à-vis ASEAN and Southeast Asia
- Assess the role of great powers and the management of its contestation in Southeast Asia
- Appraise India’s engagement of Southeast Asia and its dialogue partnership of ASEAN
- Enrich the understanding of the Indo-Pacific narrative in Southeast Asian affairs
The center engages in research, carries out teaching, puts out publications, conducts media interviews, organizes talks, and convenes panel discussions. The center also seeks to establish partnerships with other Southeast Asian centers, including in universities in Southeast Asia and around the world, and collaborate with them in research projects, organizing seminars, conferences and webinars, and people-to-people exchanges. The center also offers courses on Southeast Asia to undergraduate and postgraduate students.