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India-Russia Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Prospects   
India-Russia Strategic Partnership
Challenges and Prospects
Nivedita Das Kundu (ED.)
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼")  :   Pages : 168
2010  Edition         :   ISBN - 978-81-7188-827-6
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The strategic partnership between India and Russia was signed during the visit of President Putin to India in the year 2000. Since then, the Indo-Russian relationship has diversified enormously and today it is uniquely strong and also expanding in the areas of defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, space research and in science & technology. This relationship is based on a strong national consensus in both countries that has cut across ideologies or political differences. Although differences arise over certain issues on certain occasions, the overall parallelism in the Indo-Russian relationship definitely symbolises the trust that still exists between them.

India and Russia have now reached a stage where the economies of both the countries are resurgent and at the same time diversifying. Both economies are developing significantly to provide a good base for expanding business contacts and promoting new projects. Nonetheless, in spite of accelerated growth and immense opportunities, statistics show that business transaction is much less than the potential which exists between them. On the whole, it is necessary to publicise the positive experiences and growth of both countries, which will help people in both countries to orient themselves to the present realities and will boost bilateral cooperation in various fields.

With these aspects as a backdrop, this book India-Russia Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Prospects has been conceived. This book is an outcome of the research papers presented during the conference held at Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India, along with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The book covers a wide spectrum of issues and concerns related to India-Russia Strategic Partnership, and outlines various challenges and prospects for developing this relationship further. An attempt has been made here to contextualise the debate in a more cogent form.

About the Editor:

Nivedita Das Kundu (Ph.D.) is a Research Fellow, at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. Earlier she worked as an Associate Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and as a Fellow with Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi. She has also taught in the University of Helsinki (Finland) and in the University of Hannover (Germany). She has received her Doctorate from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interest includes: geopolitical issues, foreign policy and strategic dimensions of security with focus on Russia and the former Soviet States, including Afghanistan and multilateral organisations like SCO, BRIC, CSTO, NATO and EU. She has contributed widely on these research areas nationally and internationally. She has authored a book on Russia and it's Near Abroad: Strategic Dynamics and Implications and edited books on Russia-India-China: Evolution of Geopolitical Strategic Trends. She has published articles in various national and international journals, in edited books, in newspapers and in websites. She has also written policy briefs, issue briefs and occasional papers on her subject of expertise. She is also a recipient of number of prestigious national as well as international fellowships including DAAD (Germany), CIMO (EU), RAS (Russia), ICSSR (India) and Post-Doctoral Fellow Woodrow Wilson Center (US).


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About the Editor/Contributors

Sudhir T. Devare

Nivedita Das Kundu

Section I
India-Russia Cooperation in Defence, Space and Energy Sector

1. India-Russia Defence Cooperation: Perspectives and Prospects
Arun Sahgal

2. Indo-Russian Space Cooperation
Ajey Lele

3. Hindrances in Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
Rahul K. Bhonsle

4. India-Russia Energy Cooperation
Devika Sharma

5. India-Russia Civil Nuclear Cooperation
G. Balachandran

Section II
India-Russian Economic Cooperation

6. Economic Subsystem of Russia-India Relations
Lounev Sergey Ivanovich

7. Indo-Russian Economic Linkages: A Critical Assessment
Gulshan Sachdeva

Section III
India and Russia in the Contemporary World

8. Russia and India in a Multidimensional World: An Experiment
with Five Indices — Ivan Timofeev

9. The National Interests of Russia in the Asia Pacific Region
Dmitri V. Streltsov

10. India-Russia Strategic Cooperation: Eye on the Future
Nivedita Das Kundu


Contributors :

G. Balachandran is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Research Consultant at National Maritime Foundation. He is Ph.D. from the University of Wisonsin, Meadison, USA. He is a specialist on nuclear energy issues and expert on India’s defence expenditure.

Rahul K. Bhonsle (Brig.), a military veteran with over three decades of active service, is now pursuing a second career in research at an independent agency, Sasia Security-Risks. His areas of interest include future warfare and human security. He is a regular contributor to leading mainstream and professional newspapers, websites and journals and edits a monthly, South Asia Security Trends. He is presently working on Net Assessment of the Indian Armed Forces.

Lounev Sergey Ivanovich (Ph.D.) is Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies and also at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations. He has also worked as a Chief Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economics and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences. He has to his credit 192 published works, including 11 monographs.

Ajey Lele (Ph.D.) is an Indian Air Force officer (Wing Commander) and is working as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He works on issues related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and strategic technologies with a major focus on space security. He is a postgraduate in Physics (Pune University) and has also done his M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He has obtained his doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has published articles in journals, websites and newspapers. He has authored two books titled: Bio-Weapons: The Genie in the Bottle and Weather and Warfare.

Gulshan Sachdeva (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor at the Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Trento (Italy). His area of expertise is Russia and Central Asia (economic transformation), South Asia (Indian economy and foreign policy, SAARC), Europe, and Afghanistan (security, development, regional cooperation). Works mainly in the areas of macroeconomic policy reforms, regional economic integration, foreign policy and foreign economic relations, public sector reforms, privatisation and private sector development, economic policy formulation for conflict and post-conflict areas, civil service capacity development and training.

Arun Sahgal (Brig.) is Head, Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, and Deputy Director Research, United Service Institution of India. In a career spanning over 36 years in the Indian army, he held number of important command, staff and instructional appointments. His most distinctive service assignment has been the Founder Director of the Office of Net Assessment, Integrated Defense Staff (Ministry of Defence)—an office, created to undertake long-term strategic assessments, to assist in national security planning and development of future military capabilities. His academic pursuits include Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses and Distinguished Fellow, School of Geo-Politics, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He recently completed a major Net Assessment study on India-China Military Balance 2025, for the Indian Joint Staff, and drafted India’s National Security Strategy. He is independent consultant with Jane’s Information Group and Booze Allen and Hamilton. He is a member of National Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation under the National Security Council, Government of India.

Devika Sharma is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research on Energy Security at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. She submitted her doctoral thesis at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from where she did her M.Phil. and M.A. in International Relations. Before joining TERI, she was with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Dmitri V. Streltsov (Ph.D.) is Professor Head of Eastern Studies Chair, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Moscow. He is also a leading research fellow of the Center of Japanese Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interest includes the internal political situation and foreign policy of Japan, Russo-Japanese relations and the problems of security in North-East Asia.

Ivan Timofeev (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor and Chief Executive of the Centre for Analytical Monitoring, State Institute for International Relations, Moscow. He has 4 monographs and 30 research articles to his credit.

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