Saturday, April 4, 2015

Latest Faculty publications, 2014-15

Dolla, Varaprasad S. (2014), Science and Technology in Contemporary China, London: Cambridge University Press.

The Science and Technology policy changes in post-Mao China cannot be complete without a historical narrative and analysis of Science and Technology in its pre-policy (prior to 1850) and policy (since 1850 when the Qing rulers began to promote Science and Technology ) periods. This book is an imperative to revisit and interrogate the nature and scope of Chinese Science and Technology policy and progress. The text is divided into three parts. The first part considers both the macro and micro issues pertaining to Science and Technology policy in general and also of the policiy in particular. The second part highlights the historical narrative of Chinese Science and Technology policy as it has a key role in the evolution of contemporary Science and Technology architecture. The third part discusses three focal components of the Chinese Science and Technology system each representing state, society and international systems - the organizational structure representing the state; the research system representing society; and technology acquisition representing the international system with serious implications for China.

Uttam, Jitendra (2014), The Political Economy of Korea: Transition, Transformation and Turnaround, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Korea's twin transitions – agrarian to industrial and industrial to post-industrial – effectively transformed the country's political economy. Moving away from the traditional focus on aspects such as market, state and world systems, culture, and colonialism, the author argues that Korea's so-called 'second state' was revitalized through the 'people's movement' and the more recent 'citizens movement'. The 'second state' provided incremental pressure to subvert the agrarian equilibrium of a previous era dominated by the Yangban aristocracy as well as the industrial equilibrium enforced by large business conglomerates. This book is an attempt to acknowledge the sacrifices made by the Korean people to enlarge the basis of Korean capitalism, bringing the wider society into its framework.

Roy Choudhury, Srabani (ed.) (2014), Japan-SAARC Partnership: A Way Ahead, New Delhi: Pentagon Press.

From Pentagon Press:
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.

Horimoto, Takenori and Lalima Verma (eds.) (2013), India-Japan Relations in Emerging Asia, New Delhi: Manohar Books.

This volume attempts to critically assess India-Japan relations in the context of the rapidly changing regional environment. India and Japan are set to make this bilateral relation as one of the most important in the future. Though expanding economic relations is important it is the strengthening of the strategic relations which has increasingly assumed greater importance since the beginning of the twenty-first century. East Asia, economically is one of the most dynamic regions in the world, hence, most major powers are interested in the developments here. Maritime security, rise of China are some of the main concerns not only for the two countries but also for the United States of America which has enormous stakes in this region. Managing relations with China and dealing with the rising stature of China in the region is a cause of concern for both India and Japan. There are several persistent problems between Japan and China which at any point of time can create a crisis situation in the region. There are also irritants and problems in the relations between India and China which often pose obstruction to the development of stable relations. By maintaining strong bilateral relations the main objective of both India and Japan is to maintain a balance of power in the region and prevent any one country from becoming too dominant. The volume consists of twelve essays. The first eight examine India-Japan relations in the context of rising China. The status of Japanese studies in India and the nature of the economic relations are dealt with in the following essays.

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