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Asia Institute Seminar

Tuesday, June 17, 2017

5-6:30 PM

 

Rahul Raj

Professor

Sejong University

 

“India’s Strategic Interests in East Asia”

 

 

Introductory Remarks:

Emanuel Pastreich

Director

The Asia Institute

 

 

Asia Institute Chungmuro Office

8th Floor

24, Chungmuro 11-gil Jung-gu Seoul, Korea

 (see map below)

중구충무로 11길 24번지 8층

02 2277-7132

 

India has taken a deeper interest in East Asia as it strives to define its new global role. This seminar will consider what India is looking for, who are the different parties competing to define India’s strategy and what are the prospects for the future.

Although India’s engagement with East Asia dates back to thousands of years, much of the developments in the realm of the business and strategic relations developed in the post-1990s to project itself as a regional power when it opened its market and launched its “Look East Policy”. Under this policy, it initiated forging several economic and commercial ties and also enhanced security partnerships with like-minded countries who are concerned with the increasing influence of China in the region. In the early years, the Look East Policy was primarily focused on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). India has since expanded the geographic domain of its policy to include Korea, Japan, China, and Australia.

 

As the power balance is moving from the western hemisphere to Asia-pacific region wherein the rise of China and the US’s pivot to Asia define the foreign policy debate in many countries, New Delhi has also crafted its foreign policy to stay abreast. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led government soon after its emphatic victory in 2014 re-crafted the India’s “Look East Policy” to “Act East Policy” wherein it has sought to actively engage the Asian partners both from the economic as well as security perspective.

This can be gauged by the fact that Asia has become one of the most focused areas of the present government. The Modi government has forged and revitalized several strategic partnerships and also tried to put impetus in the existing partnerships with countries which had lost its sheen due to India’s own policy paralysis in the last few years. The strategic interest is not only confined to military but it also includes economic interests. India is the second biggest market with its rapidly ballooning middle class wherein most of the Asian tigers including Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and many others have huge strategic interests in the world’s fastest growing economy.

 

 

 

MAP:

chungmuro

 

May 14, 2017

Asia Institute’s Korea Peace Movement holds March for Peace in downtown Korea.

The Asia Institute brought together a group of concerned citizens from around the world on May 14 for a march for peace in the face of increasing tensions around the world. Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, director of the Korea Peace Movement, called for an active movement to “wage peace.” He was joined by Lee Raekyong, president of the think tank The Tomorrow, who called for all citizens to recognize the dangers of militarism. Activist Lee Eumsim then read a poem calling for peace. Finally, Kawanaka Yo, a peace activist who came all the way from Japan, performed a dance for peace. The group then conducted a march to city hall and back, appealing to ordinary citizens to join our cause.

 

Dr. Singh's remarks

Dr. Singh’s remarks

Kawanaka Yo's dance for peace

Kawanaka Yo’s dance for peace

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Video:

Peace March 1

 

Peace March 2

 

Peace March 3

 

Peace March 4

 

 

Dr. Singh’s editorial in the Korea Times:

 

May 12, 2017

Korea Times

“Marching for Peace” 

By Lakhvinder Singh

 

If others actively wage war, we must actively “Wage Peace.”

Today, facing growing violence in our society and around the world, there is an urgent need to show that the true bravery needed to counter conflict takes the form, as Mahatma Gandhi said, of “waging peace.” We cannot counter violence with more violence.

We must realize that to build a peaceful society we must build peace at all levels: individual, societal, national and global.

The first level for waging peace is building peace “within,” between man and his creator. The establishment of true harmony between man and nature is the fundamental requirement for any peaceful society. 

The second level of peace-building is the creation of peace between the members of the family. Our materialistic attitude toward our surroundings, and toward each other, has created unlimited desires that are tearing our families apart.

The third level of peace-building is the creation of peace and harmony between the members of our society so that they feel unity and a common cause. Thoughtless consumption and materialism has created terrible alienation that leaves us all isolated and lonely.

The fourth level of the peace movement is to bring peace to the international community by establishing a new consensus about our priorities. Most countries are pushing for their selfish interests without concern for the needs of other countries, for the common good or even for their own future.

In order to be certain that our efforts are sustainable and we create a true culture of peace we must establish peace at all four levels. Peace between man and his creator, between family members and society, and between nations, are closely interrelated and interdependent. Peace at one level cannot exist without peace at other level.

We must come together and address all the intricacies of this complicated problem of peace-building. We urgently need to engage all members of society around the world to create a true culture for peace that is unstoppable.

With the election of Moon Jae-in as president of Korea a new ray of peace of has appeared on the Korean Peninsula. Let his message of harmony and reconciliation bring peace not only to the Korean Peninsula, but to the whole world. Let us pray for his success and march for peace on May 14 in downtown Seoul.

We will be there. Will you?