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Date of Publication: 30-Aug-2021

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Preface to Special Issue IV & Editor's Note:

Proceedings of the International Webinar on India-Mongolia Relations: Beyond Greater Central Asia

Author: Dr R Srinivasan, Dr Sureyya Yigit

Category: International Relations


Historical and economic conditions in both Mongolia and India have played a crucial role in fostering their vibrant relationship evidenced today. Geopolitical developments in their neighborhood and the forces of globalization will play ever larger roles than they did previously in shaping this relations. Such factors may differ in varying degrees from one state to another, but there also may be relevant similarities in the situations of both of them.

In view of the dramatic changes that have taken place in international politics and in both South and North-East Asia since the 1990's, interaction between and among the states of this wide region have developed opportunities to fashion ties with countries within and beyond the former Communist bloc. Also, diverse circumstances and trends in the world outside the boundaries of the former Communist bloc, particularly the expansion of the European Union, the future of NATO and emergence of China as a global player have all impacted on the bilateral relations of Mongolia and India.

Keywords: Editor's Note, Special Address, Contents

DOI: 10.47362/EJSSS.2021

Full Text:

Proceedings of the Webinar

The Webinar was inaugurated by Dr R Srinivasan, Editor-in-Chief, Electronic Journal of Social and Strategic Studies with a welcome address.

Ambassador Anil Trigunayat, India’s first Deputy Ambassador to Mongolia, and currently the Distinguished Fellow at Vivekanada International Foundation New Delhi delivered the Special Address. He pointed to the inherent spiritual connect that India and Mongolia enjoy, especially cemented by India’s first Ambassador Rinpoche Bakula. The text of the Special Address is at Appendix to this Editor’s Note.

Air Marshal M Matheswaran AVSM VM (Retd), Ph.D, Founder President of The Peninsula Foundation, a Chennai based leading Think Tank, delivered the Keynote Address. Outlining the historical connection between India and Mongolia, the Air Marshal pointed to the importance of improving our diplomatic and trade relations with Mongolia and Greater Central Asia in the light of emerging challenges in Indo-Pacific and China’s outreach through Central Asia. He called for synergetic, multidimensional approach to engage with this region.

Prof. Sureyya Yigit of New Vision University delivered the Opening Address outlining the purpose of the webinar and the necessity for deeper engagement amongst the scholarly community to engage with the region.

The papers presented by scholars in two sessions are as per details below:

Session I

  1. Closing the Blind Spot between India’s Look East and Look North Policies: Recent Developments in Indo-Mongolian Relations by Dr Stephen P. Westcott, Murdoch University.
  2. Perspectivising India-Mongolia Ties in Greater Central Asia: Shaping Equilibrium in the RIC-QUAD Dichotomy by DR Dattesh D. Parulekar, Goa University.
  3. Historic relationship between Mongolia and the Russian Federation, Professor Sureyya Yigit, School of Politics and Diplomacy, New Vision University, Georgia
  4. Small is not vulnerable: India in Mongolian Third Neighbor Dilemma, Professor RP Pradhan, Department of Humanities & Social Science, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus
  5. The United States and Mongolia Relations: The Underrated Partnership, Sanchana Srivasatava, Central University of Jharkhand

Session II

  1. Indo-Mongolian Relations in the Present Era, Dr. Mukesh Khatik, Dept. of Political Science, School Of Social Sciences & Ms.Upasana Lal, Research Scholar, Gujarat University
  2. India’s Connect Central Asia Policy, Dr. Athar Zafar, Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi
  3. Situating Tajikistan in India’s Central Asia Policy: A Strategic Dimension, Dr. Pravesh, Research Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi
  4. The role of soft power diplomacy in Indo Mongolian relations, Anagha Babu, Asst Prof, Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science, Coimbatore, India
  5. India-Tajikistan Relations: From Civilizational Friends to Strategic Partners, Narendra Sharma, Research Scholar, School of Inner Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi

The Sessions were chaired by Professor Sureyya Yigit and Professor RP Pradhan respectively. Respective Chairs summarized the papers presented and shared their perspectives with the presenters/audience.

The Webinar came to an end with Prof. Sureyya Yigit presenting his overall perspectives and conveying his appreciation to the scholars for wholesome presentations. Dr R Srinivasan moderated the Sessions and conveyed the Vote of Thanks.

Editor’s Note

This Special Issue is a collation of the papers presented during the webinar by mentioned scholars. Editors of the Special Issue duly note that at least two of the papers are more in the form of scripts for presentation in the webinar than in the form of a standard research paper, even though they carry citations for sources consulted.

Together, these seven papers present the debates that engage the minds of emerging scholarship in India and abroad relating to economic, strategic and international order concerns for India-Mongolia relations and Greater Central Asia. Editors hope that publishing these thought processes, in the manner in which they were presented, as a compilation of Conference Proceedings in this Special Issue will promote further research and greater interaction amongst the scholarly community.

Electronic Journal of Social and Strategic Studies (EJSSS) aims to bring out similar special issues pertaining to other topics of relevance to the concerns of our contemporary world. Scholars and researchers interested in contributing to focused issues on political, social, cultural, economic dimensions are welcome to mail the Managing Editor at submission.ejss@gmail.com with their proposals.

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