November 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 292 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138503380 - CAT# Y372286
This book examines India’s Northeast borderland — strategically positioned at the confluence of South Asia, East and Southeast Asia — from the perspective of International Relations. The volume interrogates the geopolitics of region-making in both colonial and postcolonial times and traces the transformation of Northeast India from a British strategic frontier into a securitized borderland. It situates the region in transnational interactions both in conflict and cooperation with its immediate neighbouring regions of China, Bangladesh and Myanmar, especially in the context of India’s Look East/Act East policy. The volume paves the way for a new ‘region-state’ framework borne out of the constructivist worldview and offers answers to many conundrums centering border studies. It further delineates approaches to overcoming the present geopolitical and territorial challenges of India’s Northeast with a critical thrust on regional policymaking.
The volume will be of interest to students and researchers in the disciplines of social sciences and humanities in India as well as South and South East Asia. It will be especially useful to those in politics & international relations, strategic studies, international political economy, foreign policy, development studies, regional development, besides foreign policy-makers and diplomats, development practitioners, economists and policy analysts.
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Introduction: Situating a Sub-state Region in IR
Frontier, Border and Territorial State
Bordering States, Conflict and Cooperation
Making of India’s ‘Northeast’
Northeast India in the Realm of Geopolitics
Act East through India’s Northeast
Epilogue: A Possible ‘Region-State’