High Commissioner in Delhi Launches 6 New Titles by Australia India Institute

14 January 2014

The Australian High Commissioner to India, His Excellency Patrick Suckling, has launched six new exciting titles in the Australia India Institute’s series of published books.

The Australia India Institute, based at the University of Melbourne, is Australia’s leading centre for the study of India and promotes dialogue, research and partnerships between the world's two leading democracies. Its extensive publication program includes seven books and several research papers as well as Task Force Reports.    

At the Jaipur Literature Festival, Mr Suckling joined Australia India Institute Director Amitabh Mattoo in launching a series of titles, which offer important insights for understanding India’s place in the world, and its relationship with Australia.

Australia India Institute Artist-in-Residence Robyn Davidson also addressed the festival on “Restless Women” and “Footloose”; a seminar on travel writing.

The following titles were launched on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 16:30 IST at Front Lawns, Diggi House, Sawai Ram Singh Road, Jaipur

  • Amitabh Mattoo and Mallika Joseph, Rise of China and India: Implications for the Asia-Pacific, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014
  • Amitabh Mattoo and Souresh Roy, India-Australia Relations in the Asian Century: Perspectives from India and Australia, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014
  • Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob, India and the Contemporary International System: Theory, Policy and Structure, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014
  • Happymon Jacob, Does India Think Strategically? Institutions, Strategic Culture, and Security Policies,  Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014
  • Mallika Joseph and Happymon Jacob, India's Economic Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for the Region, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014
  • Mallika Joseph, Demography in South Asia: Implications for Regional and Global Political Narratives, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2014

For more information, or interviews on these exciting titles, contact Alexandra Hansen alexandra.hansen@unimelb.edu.au +61 (3) 90358681 +61481 014 107

Detailed descriptions of titles are available here, or under our Books section. 


Volume 1 – Rise of China and India: Implications for the Asia-Pacific

Edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Mallika Joseph

The rapid economic growth of China and India carries significant political implications for the Asia-Pacific region and the international system, as these countries could alter the current balance of power. In the case of China, its rise is perceived as a threat by the lone super power in the contemporary international system, the United States, primarily due to China’s ideological differences with liberal democratic regimes. The rise of India also causes similar concerns, primarily to the countries in South Asia. However, as a democracy with relatively stable institutions, India is perceived to be less threatening by most countries.

With expanding economic interests and rising demands for greater resources to support their domestic populations, China and India will be developing close associations with all the countries in the Asia-Pacific. This will provide new grounds for collaboration as well as considerable challenges, both economic and political. Challenges also exist for China and India; along with their increased economic, military, and political power, they will also come to bear greater responsibility in working with other leading nations to maintain peace in the international system.  This book will seek to analyse the impact that the rise of China and India has had on the countries of the Asia-Pacific. Nine chapters will provide perspectives from Japan, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Three chapters will focus on the perspectives of the US, the European Union and Australia. Meanwhile, two chapters will focus on China’s and India’s perspectives on the new challenges and responsibilities they face.

Volume 2 – India-Australia Relations in the Asian Century: Perspectives from India and Australia

Edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Souresh Roy

As key strategic players and mid-level powers, Australia and India remain two important countries in the Asia Pacific region. Strong political, economic, and security relations have developed between the two countries since the 1940s. Australia and India also share democratic values and have strong democratic institutions. The linkages between the two countries also extend to population migration, with Australia being home to a large Indian diaspora. For both countries, the Asia-Pacific region remains of vital strategic importance, especially in terms of their relationships with the US and China. Australia has traditionally been a strong ally of the United States; however, it also needs to balance its relations with China, which is its largest trading partner. Similarly, despite India’s emerging strategic partnership with the US, its growing economic relationship with China is also likely to be a key factor influencing its relations with the US. Another common concern for Australia and India is the issue of nuclear proliferation. While India is not a signatory to the NPT, it has maintained strict controls on its nuclear technology and has entered into a civilian nuclear agreement with the US. Australia, on the other hand, is not a nuclear-armed state, though it does export uranium to nuclear-armed states which are signatories to the NPT. This book will examine Indo-Australian relations, primarily covering the two major issue areas highlighted above. However, it will also cover other aspects of the bilateral relationship, such as economic relations and cooperation in the sphere of higher education.

Volume 3 – India and the Contemporary International System: Theory, Policy and Structure

Edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob

India and the Contemporary International System aims to explore Indian Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War and investigate the latest trends in India’s foreign policy behaviour. Various theoretical approaches to the subject as well as analysis of the latest policy developments are included in this book. The book covers a whole range of issues including India’s nuclear identity, climate change, resource crunch, aid diplomacy, India’s great power aspirations, and domestic influences on foreign policy making. Considering that the end of the Cold War is widely understood to be a game-changer for Indian foreign policy, it is an opportune time to ask whether India has indeed embraced a new foreign policy. In other words, two decades since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the economic liberalisation process and the coalition politics in the country, what are the changes and continuities in the contemporary Indian foreign policy? There is a dearth of comprehensive works on India’s foreign policy outlook in the post-Cold War era. Thus, this book aims to fill this lacuna. The focus of the book is not so much about what has changed for India, but how India has adapted or responded to the changes around it. The volume aims to produce important theoretical insights on Indian Foreign Policy. It analyses the various aspects and implications of India’s desire for greater global influence.

Volume 4 – Does India Think Strategically? Institutions, Strategic Culture, and Security Policies

Edited by Happymon Jacob

This book addresses two major questions: whether India has a strategic culture which informs the country’s foreign, defence, and security thinking, and whether India’s foreign and security policies are based on coherent strategic thinking. The volume, in other words, explores India’s strategic culture, which shapes the country’s strategic thought.  From theories of grand strategy to critical constructivist interpretations, a wide range of approaches to this question are included in the book. With its current rapid economic growth, demand for a permanent UNSC seat, successful alliance building (e.g. BRICS, Indo-US strategic partnership), and a desire to play a greater role in global affairs, India’s growing stature requires further analysis on how and why Indian policies are carried out. This book examines the various influences that play a role in the shaping of India’s strategic culture. It also acts as a guide to those who wish to see patterns in Indian strategic thinking/planning and serve to explain the background of Indian foreign policies. This book is being compiled two decades after the end of the Cold War, which had a major impact on international politics. Therefore, it allows for an analysis of India’s strategic culture/thinking both during the Cold War and the changes it experienced after its end. A consolidated collection of academic opinions on India’s strategic culture and thinking, especially from an Indian perspective, will greatly contribute to the field of International Relations given India’s rising importance in the global order.

Volume 5 – India's Economic Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for the Region

Edited by Mallika Joseph and Happymon Jacob

Since adopting liberal economic policies two decades ago, India has become one of the two fastest growing economies in the world. While India has been reaching out to various regions such as Southeast Asia and the Middle East for expansion and strengthening linkages, India’s relations with its immediate South Asian neighbours remain problematic. India’s bilateral relations with the other regional countries have traditionally been contentious due to border issues as well as the fears and resistance of smaller countries to an Indian hegemony in the region. Across the world, greater economic cooperation between countries is paving the way for greater connectivity and opportunities for circumventing sensitive political issues in favour of economic gains. Such opportunities as well as space for greater development do exist for smaller South Asian countries by virtue of India’s economic growth and rise in the world arena. India is also finding it necessary to reach out to the rest of South Asia since the region is gaining in importance due to its strategic position connecting regions such as East Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. This book will comprise of eight chapters, each presenting the views from a South Asian country on the opportunities and challenges that India’s economic growth has for the country and the region itself. Each country chapter will focus on four questions pertaining to bilateral relations between the country concerned and India; balancing its relations between India and China; support and opportunities for regional cooperation in South Asia; and local factors that will influence its foreign policy in this regard.

Volume 6 - Demography in South Asia: Implications for Regional and Global Political Narratives

Edited by Mallika Joseph

Population growth patterns and sizes remain significant factors that affect economic and political opportunities. In the case of South Asia, there will be implications of both population rise as well as their migration. Over the past few years, all the countries in the region experienced swift demographic changes and will continue to do so. With the exception of Afghanistan, all the other countries have experienced a youth bulge. If this youth bulge can be transformed into an able workforce in the coming decade, these countries could experience high economic growth rates. However, the demographic transition alone cannot help a country realise the population dividend, as it needs to be facilitated by a variety of factors, foremost among which are policies that provide for high quality education, create a more conducive environment for investments, and pave the way for an increased participation of women in the workforce. In the absence of such policies the demographic change could very well have negative implications for the countries concerned. For the purpose of this volume, the implications of South Asia’s demographic changes need to be analysed in terms of the increase in population as well as migration of people, the latter having implications for countries such as Australia, Canada, the US, and those in Europe. The first eight chapters will focus on the eight South Asian countries, while the next four chapters will focus on the issue from the perspective of the destination countries, Australia, Canada, the US, and the European Union.