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Emerging Trends in India-ASEAN Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism

密斯拉  Ashutosh Misra

國際事務研究第一期

關鍵字

印度、東協、反恐、安全、貨幣財政、貿易

中文摘要

 

Key Words

India, ASEAN, anti-terrorism, security, monetary finance, trade

Abstract

A war that India has been fighting since the early 1980s has now spread to almost all parts of the world. The United States, which has been the latest victim of the scourge of terrorism, in terms of collateral damage (the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre), initiated the drive against terrorism from Afghanistan. For India, it was nothing new except that now there was a wider acceptance of its views that terrorism should be addressed with utmost seriousness and urgency. It was only a matter of time before the Southeast Asian countries, which were more preoccupied with economic and human security issues, were faced with a foe which respected no borders. Understanding the severity of the threat, the Association for the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called upon all its members to rise to the occasion to meet the threat. The Association also felt that the nature of the terrorist threats was such that it required a concerted effort involving states not only of the region but also from outside. In this backdrop, India’s role has become very vital, given its long experience in dealing with terrorism and the centrality of its position — bordering an ASEAN state (Myanmar joined ASEAN in 1997) on the east and the haven of several terrorist outfits and Al-Qaida cadres on the west.

This paper argues that in the wake of the renewed call for cooperation between India and ASEAN there is a need to evolve? a joint strategy for tackling terrorism in the South Asia and Southeast Asia. This paper has been divided into six sections. The first is a brief introduction that provides the roadmap to this paper. The second section provides a brief sketch of Indo-ASEAN relations, as they have shaped in the past decade. The third section presents an overview of the evolution of terrorism in Southeast Asia. The fourth section deals with the efforts made by India and ASEAN, jointly, in fighting terrorism. The fifth explains how India can play a significant role in Southeast Asian security, particularly in the maritime realm, through mutual cooperation. The last section concludes the paper by summarizing the main points.

 

 

 

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