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2016年10月19日 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Date: October 19th (Wed.), 2016.
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Room 706 (7th floor), Building No.14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
Speaker: Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah (Japan Forum for Strategic Studies)
Discussant: Dr. Mari Izuyama (The National Institute for Defense Studies)


Language used: English


About Speaker:
Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah is presently a Research Fellow with the Tokyo-based Japan Forum for Strategic Studies (JFSS). He has earlier served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at India’s Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University and has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge (U.K), the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo and the Australian National University (ANU), Australia.


India’s “Act-East Policy” aims at reinvigorating its historical ties with Southeast Asia and East Asia which had been languishing in the period from its independence till the end of the Cold War. Launched in the early 1990’s, the “Act-East Policy”, in its earlier avatar was known as the “Look-East Policy” until the inauguration of the Modi government in May 2014.  Northeast India plays a pivotal role in this key foreign policy initiative because of its geographical location and since many of the tribes from this region share cultural and ethnic ties with their brethren across the approximately 1600-km land border with Myanmar.
    The Indian government has invested in a slew of infrastructure projects in Myanmar like the construction of the 160-km Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, which will connect Mizoram in India to the port of Sittwe in Myanmar, giving the landlocked Northeastern region access to the sea. Besides, work is going on apace on the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project, which could be connected to the already existing road network between Thailand and the Vietnamese port of Da Nang.
   This presentation will use the realist paradigm to explain how India, especially its Northeastern part, stands to benefit from improved connectivity with Southeast Asia. At the same time, the presentation will also analyze the possible negative consequences of increased connectivity with Southeast Asia like the ease of movement of insurgents and drugs as Myanmar houses many camps of Northeastern insurgent outfits besides being one of the hubs of the global drug trade. Finally, it will outline how increased connectivity with Southeast Asia can transform India’s economically backward Northeastern region into its bridgehead to Southeast Asia.


Enquiry: Akio Tanabe, tanabe[at]anthro.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Room 706 (7th floor), Building No.14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo