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Constructive Engagement with Russia: Why Does It Matter for Asian Nations and How to Do It?

Since the outbreak of the Russia–Ukraine war, governments in Asia have been pressured by the United States and its allies to take sides over the Russian invasion. For developing Asian nations, choosing sides is not feasible due to reliance on Russia, although for various reasons. Constructive engagement with Moscow has remained essential. To make Asia’s voice louder, multilateralism with the Kremlin is preferred. This is also a political message that Asia’s developing states should not be taken for granted, and their autonomy in manoeuvring foreign policies should be respected. However, doing so in multilaterals, wherein non-Asian powers have a stronghold, would be difficult. Arguably, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, a long-forgotten Asia-only multilateral, would aptly serve as a channel whereby governments in Asia’s developing countries could hold talks with Russia amid resonances of the Russia-threat chorus. Regardless, all these would be enabled only with the political will of Asia’s key players, most notably India.

Monsoon Rainfall Variability in India

Investigating the effects of monsoon variability on the agricultural output at the regional level for five broad agroclimatic regions from 1980–81 to 2016–17, the analysis validates our postulation that the impact of rainfall deviation on regional economic output is highly varied and hence an agg

Russia and the East

We Shall be Masters, Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin by Chris Miller, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2021; pp 384, $29.95 (hardcover).


State Policy and Recruitment of Domestic Workers and Nurses to West Asia

This paper analyses the comparative political economy of overseas recruitment policy towards nurses and women domestic workers by examining the disproportionate influence of specific interest groups. Shocking irregularities in private recruitment of nurses forced government intervention in 2015, but subsequent interventions and failure to empower state-run agencies to compete on even terms underline the power of private recruiters. Even as the government yields to demand from destination countries and business lobbies for migrant domestic workers, it fails to hear workers’ concerns about their rights. Thus, migrant workers continue to pay the price of systemic problems that plague overseas recruitment.

Rollback of Market Economics

Industrial policy has been rehabilitated globally despite the ideological bias.


The Lost Decades

The government must reimagine the fundamentals of the economy in favour of equality.


India and the RCEP

COVID-19 has widely affected global supply and value chains, and specific sectors around the world. In this scenario, the options for India to optimise its regional and global value chain linkages with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership are examined, which in turn could aid in its post-pandemic recovery.


The Crisis in India–China Relations

As the unipolar world has been eclipsed by a levelling of the international playing field, the ripple effects have been felt across Asia.

East Asia’s Paths to Industrialisation and Prosperity

Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development by Deepak Nayyar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xx + 295, 895.

Asian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations edited by Deepak Nayyar, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xxiv + 577, price not indicated.

Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and Technology Over 50 Years by Asian Development Bank, Manila: ADB, 2020 (ebook),


The ‘Quad’ Again

In the name of a “rules-based order,” Australia, India, and Japan support US dominance of the Asia–Pacific region.


Can Hybrid Rice Technology Help Productivity Growth in Asian Tropics?

The 1990s witnessed a significant deceleration in growth of rice productivity. The productivity potential of the existing modern rice varieties is getting exhausted especially under irrigated environments. This raises a serious concern about Asia's ability to sustain its food security in the 21st century. To find solutions to reverse this trend in irrigated systems, and raise yield levels in rain-fed areas, many public sector R and D institutions across Asia have invested huge public resources to explore new frontiers of rice science. However, many farmers, who grew hybrid rice initially, have started dropping out from hybrid rice cultivation. Can the currently available hybrid rice technology sustain productivity growth in the Asian tropics? Why has it not been possible to replicate in the Asian tropics China's success with hybrid rice? The paper provides a synthesis of major findings of a multi-country evaluation of farmers' experiences with the adoption of hybrid rice varieties.

Gender Bias in South Asia

Human Development in South Asia 2000: The Gender Question by Mahbub ul Haq; Human Development Centre, Oxford University Press; pp 219.


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