Title

Evaluating India’s Look-East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Under UPA Rule

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-26-2020

Publication Title

Asian Affairs

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/03068374.2020.1806612

ISSN

1477-1500

Abstract

This article seeks to analyze whether the United Progressive Alliance government in India (UPA, which was in power from 2004–14) was successful in implementing its Look East Policy (LEP). It will discuss to what extent it was effective in realizing its vision of a community of nations conscious of their historical ties, cultural heritage, and connective identity in the Asian platform. This article argues that the government’s idea of a ‘shared destiny’ has formed the core of an emerging ‘identity’ in India, and has acted as the main anchor of India's approach towards the South East Asian region. The paper also examines whether the UPA government was successful in its vision of strengthening institutional cooperation, capability, and connectivity, in the region and how the implementation of the LEP has impacted on India’s economic and security interests.

Comments

Copyright and Open Access: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/4967

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