The contemporary strategic context is increasingly defined by the rapid growth of major Asian economies and the rapidly increasing interest the major powers are evincing in the region. It has also resulted in a perceptible shift in power to the Asian continent. An assessment of how each of the major Asian powers and important external actors are responding to these developments is necessary for understanding the underlying concerns about peace and security in Asia in the 21st Century. What is the character of the emerging strategic context in Asia? How are the processes of globalisation, economic interdependence and diffusion of technologies shaping the Asian strategic context? What does the 'Rise of Asia' mean for global peace? How do regional perspectives inform the debate? What are the common threats and challenges? What are the prospects of fostering cooperative state behavior in confronting the transnational threats? These are some of the issues that expert contributors discuss in this volume.
N.S. Sisodia is the Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He holds an Honours degree in History from the University of Delhi and a Masters degree from the Harvard University, USA where he was a Mason Fellow. He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1968 and served as Additional Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat and Secretary, Government of India in the Ministries of Finance and Defence. He has also been the Vice Chancellor, University of Udaipur. He has co-edited Emerging India: Security and Foreign Policy Perspectives; India and the World; Changing Security Dynamic in Eastern Asia: Focus on Japan; India-Japan Relations: Partnership for Peace and Security; and West Asia in Turmoil: Implications for Global Security. V. Krishnappa is a Research Fellow at the IDSA, New Delhi. His research interests include strategic dynamics in South and West Asia, great power politics, strategic theory, transnational terrorism and contemporary wars. He is the Book Review Editor of Strategic Analysis (IDSA-Routledge) and Member of Editorial Committee of Journal of Defence Studies (IDSA).