In recent years, Asia`s economic and strategic environment has been transformed in a fundamental sense. The emerging `Asian Economic Community`-encompassing ASEAN, China, Japan, India and South Korea-is being widely viewed as the centre of gravity of the global economy. Because of its strategic position, India is destined to play a significant role in shaping the emerging profile of Asia.
Against this background, this volume explores Asia`s dramatic re-emergence on the global scene as well as India`s role in ensuring peace, security, stability and development in the continent. In recent years, India has redefined its position within Asia and has emerged as a significant player. The contributors offer new perspectives on Asia concerning the nature of its politics and governance, the reasons for its insecurity, the need for greater regional cooperation, and its intrinsic strengths and weaknesses. They implicitly or explicitly share the view that the `twenty-first century belongs to Asia`.
R R Sharma is the former Dean, School of International Studies and Professor of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He earlier served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu (1996-2002). Professor Sharma has authored or edited a number of books including Marxist Model of Social Change: A Study of Soviet Central Asia (1979), The USSR in Transition: Issues and Themes (1985), Asian Dimension of Soviet Policy (edited, 1986), New Contours of Soviet Foreign Policy (editor, 1989), Economic Reforms, Liberalization and Structural Change-India and Hungary (edited, 1997) and Reform, Conflict and Change in the CIS and East Europe (edited, 1999). He is currently co-editing a volume on Globalisation and Transnational Conflicts, which will be published in early 2006 by Sage, London.