Southeast Asia Research Group

About SEARG

Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) was established as a research cluster at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi in 2016. The scholars and the researchers engaged in studying the geo-political realities of the region and its economic dynamics have agreed to come together under the umbrella of SEARG to discuss and deliberate upon the issues of common interests and concerns for all Southeast Asia watchers. The research group proposes to provide a common platform for all the members to share their ideas on the emerging issues and challenges relevant to the region. Though, initially launched as a Discussion Group, the SEARG is expected to grow and evolve as a major interactive research forum for sharing ideas and organizing lectures, panel discussions, workshops, national and international conferences and associate young and emerging scholars working on the region.  Since past one year it has successfully organized several events in collaboration and support with partners such as Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Indian Council of World Affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indian Council for Social Science Research, India International Centre and India Foundation. The forum envisages active association of all members and hopes to carry it forward at an international level for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of knowledge based on the expertise of each of its potential members.

 

Concept Note

Given the changing architecture of international politics from the end of Eurocentrism to the rise of an Asian order, countries of the Global South are now shaping the emerging contours of World Politics.  A significant development in this regard has been the rise in the strategic importance of Southeast Asia which has a far-reaching implication for the stability of the region.

Although initially conceptualized as a geographical region, over the years it has acquired a geopolitical construct and has been pivotal to the great game strategy of the erstwhile Super-powers and the other competing powers in the region. In more recent times, the United States pivot to Asia and its rebalancing strategy has once again raised the geo-strategic significance of the region in the World Politics.

In the evolving international order with the rise of Asian giants such as India and China and the highly competitive Japan and other regional powers such as South Korea and Australia, the Southeast Asian region has emerged as a focus of great power rivalry. Emerging geopolitical realities and the power shift in the region has impacted the regional architecture in a big way.

This region situated east of the Indian subcontinent and south of China shares political and cultural affinities to both these great powers.  While the Chinese imprints are visible more politically and economically, Indian influence could be seen in the cultural and historical linkages. The competing strategies and emerging alliances of the Southeast Asian States with the Big Powers have been continuously evolving in the background of their external and domestic exigencies.

With this background, the scholars and the researchers engaged in studying the geopolitical realities of the region and its economic dynamics have agreed to come together under the umbrella of Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) to discuss and deliberate upon the issues of common interest and concern for all Southeast Asia watchers. The research group proposes to provide a common platform for all the members to share their ideas on the emerging issues and challenges relevant to the region.

Though initially launched as a Discussion Group the SEARG is expected to grow and evolve as a major interactive research forum for sharing ideas and organizing lectures, panel discussions, workshops, national and international conferences and associate young and emerging scholars working on the region.  The forum envisages active association of all members and hopes to carry it forward at an international level for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of knowledge based on the expertise of each of its potential members.

 

Advisory Board

Amb. Shyam Saran, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi

Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House, Mumbai

Amb. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Former Indian Ambassador to Myanmar

Shri Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi

Dr. Anirban Ganguly, Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi

Prof. Navnita Chadha Behera, Head of the Department, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

H. E. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Socialist Republic of Vietnam to India

H.E. Haji Sidek bin Ali, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to India

List of Core Members

(in Alphabetical order) 

1. Alana Golmei

Founder Director

PANN NU FOUNDATION

Director, Burma Centre Delhi

General Secretary, Northeast Support Centre & Helpline

Mobile: +91 9958874724; Email: alana.golmei@gmail.com

2. Ambuj Thakur

Project Fellow

Centre for Studies on Bangladesh and Myanmar, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam

Mobile: 7577951361; Email: ambujtoday@gmail.com

3. Chok Tsering

Program Co-ordinator

Democracy & Dialogue Programme

Heinrich Böll Stiftung - India

New Delhi

Mobile: 9717039772; Email: Chok.Tsering@in.boell.org

4. Christopher Roberts

Associate Professor and Director

National Asian Security Studies Program (NASSP)

Australian Defence Force Academy campus

University of New South Wales, Canberra

Mobile: +61 (0) 407 792 386; Email: c.roberts@adfa.edu.au

5. Harsh V. Pant

Professor of International Relations

King's India Institute

King’s College London & Distinguished Fellow and Head,

Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation

New Delhi

Mobile: 9311677885; Email: harsh.pant@kcl.ac.uk

6. Jabin T. Jacob

Fellow

Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)

Delhi

Mobile: 8800264517; Email: jabinjacob@gmail.com

7. Jiten Nongthombam

Research Associate

Myanmar Study Centre

Manipur University

Manipur

Mobile: 9436235017; Email: jiten_nongthombam@yahoo.com

8. K. Yhome

Research Fellow

Observer Research Foundation

New Delhi

Mobile:  9911969646; E-mail ID: yhome@orfonline.org

9. Kaushik Deka

Independent Researcher

(working on Act East Policy)

Guwahati

Assam

Mobile: 8876527430; Email: kaushik.deka80@gmail.com

10. M. Mayilvaganan 

Associate Professor

International Strategic & Security Studies

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Campus

Bangalore

Mobile: 9731881841; Email: mumayil@yahoo.com

11. Manish  Dabhade

Assistant Professor

Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD)

School of International Studies

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

Mobile: 9810397303; Email: mdmanish@jnu.ac.in

12. Michael Malley

Executive Director,

Center on Contemporary Conflict

National Security Affairs Department

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey CA 93943 USA

Mobile +1 831 512 3449; Email: msmalley@nps.edu

13. Munmun Majumdar

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

North-Eastern Hill University

Shillong

Mobile: 9436702700; Email: munmunmaj@yahoo.com

14. Nehginpao Kipgen

Assistant Professor

Executive Director,

Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

Jindal School of International Affairs,

O.P. Jindal Global University

Mobile: 8396907457; E-mail: nehginpao@gmail.com 

15. Neil Jain

Chevening Gurukul Fellow for Leadership and Excellence 2016

& Former First Secretary

Development Cooperation,

Embassy of India

Yangon, Myanmar

Additional Commissioner, Income Tax Department

UP (East), Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh

Mobile: 9450930705; Email: jainneil@gmail.com

16.  Prabir De

Coordinator

ASEAN-INDIA Centre,

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Core IV-B, Fourth Floor, India Habitat Centre

New Delhi-110 003

Phone: 011-24638540; Email: prabirde@ris.org.in

17. Sabyasachi Dutta

Director

Asian Confluence

Shillong

Mobile: 8826166366; Email: sabyadutta@gmail.com 

18. Sanjay Pulipaka

Senior Consultant

East Asia Research Programme

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

New Delhi

Mobile: 9971227257; Email: psanjay.in@gmail.com

19. Sanjeev Kumar

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Zakir Husain Delhi College

University of Delhi

Mobile: 9999883324; Email: sanjeevkumar78@gmail.com

20. Sayantani Sen Mazumdar

Research Fellow

Global India Foundation

Kolkata

Mobile: 9830496967; Email: senmazumdarmimi@gmail.com

21. Shalini Yog

Deputy Director

& Coordinator for the Programme on ‘'Gender and Socio-Economic Policies'’ and "Globalization" 

Heinrich Böll Stiftung - India

New Delhi

Mobile: 9811098675; Email: shalini.yog@in.boell.org

22. Shamika Ravi

Senior Fellow

Development Economics

Brookings India

New Delhi

Mobile:9810806089; Email: sravi@brookingsindia.org

23. Sonu Trivedi

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Zakir Husain Delhi College

University of Delhi

Mobile: 9910170444; Email: sonutrivedi@gmail.com

24. Shristi Pukhrem

Senior Research Fellow

India Foundation

New Delhi

Mobile: 9999424973; Email: shristi25@gmail.com

25.  Subhadeep Bhattacharya

Fellow

Centre for Studies on China and Her Neighbourhood

University of Calcutta

Kolkata

Mobile: 9874940215; Email: sbcu2005@gmail.com

26. Sunniva Engh

Associate Professor of History

Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

University of Oslo

Mobile: 0047 938 44 224, +47 2285 6269; Email: sunniva.engh@iakh.uio.no

27.  Udai Bhanu Singh

Senior Research Associate

Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses

New Delhi

Mobile: 8585931880; Email: udaibhanusingh1@gmail.com