TODAY -

Seminar on Federalism, Foreign Policy and Border States : Dynamics from NE States
- Date : 22 -23rd March 2013 -



The Department of International Relations/Politics, School of Global Studies, Sikkim University is organising a National Seminar on Federalism, Foreign Policy and Border States:Dynamics from North East States of India on 22nd -23rd March 2013. Please see the concept note and details of the seminar attached herewith.

The proposed Seminar is for two days and has four academic sessions (besides Inaugural Session and Concluding Session). Each session has 4-5 presentations on the focal theme of the session followed by a discussion.

Session I: Understanding Borders in IR
Re-conceptualising borders and border security

Constructing Borders in Northeast India: Colonial and post colonial dimensions

Do Border States Matter: Beyond the peripheries

Session II: Border States in Indian Federalism and Foreign Policy
Constitutional Dimensions
Globalization and Changing context of cross border interactions
People, Communities and Foreign Policy
Bring borders back to foreign policy discourse

Session III: Economics of Border: Emerging Trends

Sub regionalism and economic integration

Look East through North East

Cross border economic interaction of North East States: Case Studies

Session IV: Re-writing Border Security
Water
Energy
Environment
Arms, Drugs and Human Trafficking
Migration

Venue: Conference Hall, Sikkim University, 6th Mile, Gangtok

Organizer: Dept. of International Relations/Politics, School of Global Studies, Sikkim University in Collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi

Last date for the submission of abstracts (in 500 words) is 25th February 2013.

The selected abstracts will be communicated by 26th February and the final full paper should be submitted by 20th March 2013.

Participants will be provided with travel allowance and local hospitality.

National Seminar on
Federalism, Foreign Policy and Border States:
Dynamics from North East States of India
Date of Seminar -22 -23rd March 2013

Organizers: Department of International Relations/Politics,
School of Global Studies, Sikkim University

The Concept Note


Foreign policy formulation is one of the main attributes of modern nation's state existence. The capability to negotiate and influence at the bilateral, multilateral and international arena, whether political or economic outcomes is the hallmark of a nation states foreign policy practices. In other words, foreign policy is "the action and purposes of the state in the world beyond its own territorial boundaries" (Jones 1974: 1). According to this traditional notion of foreign policy, foreign policy formulation is a priority of every state to define, influence and assert its existence in international politics.

However, in the late 20th century there has been a transformation in the study of foreign policy which challenges this traditional realist approach to foreign policy. The end of the Cold War has opened up a whole new dimension to states' behavior in conducting its relations with other actors (both state and nonstate) in the international system. The transformation from a Bipolar to Unipolar and subsequently towards Multi-polar system; the acceleration of globalization process; and the increasing trend towards economic integration at the regional and sub-regional level have drastically altered the concerns and processes of states' foreign policy formulation. These systemic changes have not only led to bring new challenges and opportunities of States' foreign policy behavior at the international level but also at the domestic level (Rosenau, Putnam, 1988)

Today, understanding of borders goes beyond the traditional discourse of conflict. Borders are now also seen as a point of opportunities rather than impediment in inter- state relations. In a larger framework, such opportunities are realized through cross border linkages. Borders which once consider as 'frontier area' or 'zone' that merge or dilute a contiguous geographical space is today merged as 'border region' which "encompasses areas immediately beside a state's external border, or straddling it, and also administrative regions abutting a border whose centers are physically and socially distant from that border" (Anderson and O'Dowd,1999: 595).

Federalism, Foreign Policy and Border States: Contextualizing India

The question that often arises is whether India exhibits a typical unitary form of government with a strong centre or a 'Quasi-Federal' where some form of distribution of power between the centre and the constituent exist. Despite the existence of division of power between the Union and the State as in any federal structure, yet the Indian Constitution has empowered the Union with an overriding authority over most of the State's subjects and provisions and in case of conflict between the Union and the States, the Union prevails. However with the liberalization of the Indian economy and the forces of globalization boundaries between global, domestic and local are increasingly getting blurred. Similarly, the nature of Indian federalism also underwent a structural transformation that cuts through the functioning of the domestic and foreign policy.

As we see today, the expanding transboundary activities in trade, refugee, environment, trafficking and terrorism increased the importance of Border States in conceptualizing foreign policy. India has Northeast region shares more than 4500 kilometers of international border. More than 90% of Northeast India's eight subnational states borders are with foreign countries and only one percent of the region is connected to mainland India. Despite the fact that boundaries in this region represents a source of conflict (case of India-China in Sikkim and Arunachal, and India-Bangladesh in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura) there has been attempt in recent time by the government of India to re-connect this region with the immediate neighbourhood as part of its larger foreign policy strategy. The recognition of border as a capacity building mechanism can be seen in the opening up of borders for trade and interaction.

If this project of re-connecting Northeast states with their immediate communities across the border is a larger foreign policy strategy of the central government, at the same time represents an assertion of identity by these border states in the post-liberalized Indian economy. This is important because border policy in India has been directed more from the lenses of Delhi rather than that of the border community themselves.

The nature of India's federalism has generally led to a debate on foreign policy in two opposite directions. The first direction is the two arguments that examine Indian federalism from the prism of a strong centre thus nullifying the claim of states government's role in foreign policy making (Verney and Frankel, 1986). The questions that are emerged here is:

i) Are these issues a case for supporting the idea of decentralization of foreign policy, more importantly in the case of the Provincial/States/Constituent of a sovereign state?
ii) Taking into account of the change in Indian polity and federal structure in the recent years, how far Border States matter in India's foreign policy?
iii) Do these Border States acting as sub-national government provide a better option in negotiation with India's neighbour rather than leaving to the Union Government to conduct such trans-border negotiation?
iv) Finally, in the case of India, what is the degree to which border states expressed their role in foreign policy making and what is the response of the central government?

Following are the Subthemes of various sessions
The proposed Seminar is for two days and carrying four academic sessions (besides Inaugural Session and Concluding Session). Each session has 4-5 presentations on the focal theme of the session followed by a discussion.
Session I: Understanding Borders in IR
Re-conceptualising borders and border security
Constructing Borders in Northeast India: Colonial and post colonial dimensions
Do Border States Matter: Beyond the peripheries
Session II: Border States in Indian Federalism and Foreign Policy
Constitutional Dimensions
Globalization and Changing context of cross border interactions
People, Communities and Foreign Policy
Bring borders back to foreign policy discourse
Session III: Economics of Border: Emerging Trends
Sub regionalism and economic integration
Look East through North East
Cross border economic interaction of North East States: Case Studies
Session IV: Re-writing Border Security
Water
Energy
Environment
Arms, Drugs and Human Trafficking
Migration

Date of Seminar: 22-23rd March 2013.
Venue: Conference Hall, Sikkim University, 6th Mile, Gangtok
Organizer: Dept. of International Relations/Politics, School of Global Studies, Sikkim University in Collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi

Last date for the submission of abstracts (in 500 words) is 25th February 2013.
The selected abstracts will be communicated by 26th February and the final full paper should be submitted by 20th March 2013.
Participants will be provided with travel allowance and local hospitality.

Abstract should be submitted at
teibor@gmail.com, teibor@hotmail.com, njarakkulath@gmail.com
addressing Border Seminar as Subject. Contact Persons
Dr. Sebastian N
Dept. of International Relations
Sikkim University
Email: njarakkulath@gmail.com

Dr. Teiborlang T. Kharsyntiew
Dept. of International Relations
Sikkim University Email: teibor@gmail.com



* This info was sent by Hanjabam Shukhdeba who can be contacted at hanjabam(at)gmail(dot)com
This Post is webcasted on February 15, 2013.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Singcha Wuya Won (flower) #1:: Gallery
  • Khashungla, Yaneithing, Poukenpon: eMing
  • My visit to Shri Lanka #3
  • Manipur Rajbari now a Government property
  • Kang-Lei-Pak :: Poem
  • Ruskin bonding - V :: Book Review
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand : Timeline
  • Building business ties btn Myanmar & NE
  • Job-hunt now an appy trend
  • BJP walking tight rope: Politics of coalition
  • Regional disparities towards NE'ers
  • Echum Lairembi, Khurkhul #3:: Gallery
  • Super Division Football #2 :: Gallery
  • 70 yrs of Thai-India Friendship football
  • Shree Govindajee Temple @Kangla :: 360 °
  • TV & Cine Manipur: Foundation Day
  • Early identification of hearing loss
  • Faith in the Lord
  • Free Medical Camp at Moirang
  • NPFs Sham Tirade against BJP-RSS
  • 1951 as cut-off year..work permit to settler
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Never sought Shiva Thapa removal: Mary
  • Of proxy teachers & other ills : Mission edn
  • Tapta :: Funga Wari
  • No hill people quota will be grabbed by valley
  • Effective Communication for Careers #2
  • Mother of All Mothers :: Poem
  • Spot inquiry at Deaf & Mute School, Takyel
  • CM Relief Fund: 50,000 donated
  • Peripheral states & demand of Gorkhaland
  • Season of discontent continues
  • Nungbi Khullen, Ukhrul #1 :: Gallery
  • Subroto Football @Wangjing #2 :: Gallery
  • ISKCON Temple #1 :: 360 ° View
  • Noises of the Silence #1
  • Present Flood Situation In Manipur #3
  • Beef Feast at Kohima: Note to Governor
  • Humanity and everything
  • Expulsion & Suspension order from NPF
  • Supreme Court orders probe into killings
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Killing two birds..The politician in CM speaks
  • Baffling Budget
  • NH-102 (Maram road) landslide :: Gallery
  • Plea from Kumbi Shandhong P/S :: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #3 :: Gallery
  • May I Have Two Names?
  • Procession of Jagabondhu Rath Yatra
  • DBT project positions at Manipur University
  • Career Opportunities at TASHI Interiors
  • Condemns neglect of Collegiate Education
  • NPF clarifies on party whip
  • Dialogue with UNC; ILP demand
  • Perils and possibilities
  • Chingarel Biodiversity Park #2 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Girls win 'Oorja' National Football
  • Reforestation & afforestation
  • Coaching Scholarship to UPSC aspirants
  • Sendra Park & Resort #5 :: 360 ° View
  • Program Manager at Library for All, Ukhrul
  • Sadar Hills District Demand: News Timeline
  • Statement from NPF Kohima on BJP
  • NPF condemns Nagaland Governor
  • NPF snapping ties with BJP ..repercussion
  • Lesser truth in Manipur education sector
  • Landslide at Jiribam Highway #2 :: Gallery
  • Super Division Football #1 :: Gallery
  • Shirui Lily Festival 2017
  • On MPSC's new syllabus for MCSCCE
  • Death is An Art :: Poem
  • Assistant professor, ECE wanted at NERIST
  • New Head Coach Joao Deus for NEUFC
  • Free eye care camp at Loktak Power Station
  • 40 positions in Bangalore & Hyderabad
  • Threats to the idea of Manipur
  • A virtual dream
  • Travelling in Ukhrul District #2 :: Gallery
  • Echoes of the people
  • Various shades of Irom Sharmila
  • High Court Campus, Imphal :: 360 ° View
  • The savage! :: Poem
  • Jobs for the unemployed
  • Scheduled Tribe ki list ta yaohallu
  • Humanitarian assistance to flood victims
  • The call: Separate administration for tribals
  • Resignation of Parliamentary Secretaries
  • Tribute to Sapam Robinhood #2 :: Gallery
  • Imphal city flooded [13 July] #2 :: Gallery
  • The Suitable Boy
  • Fire safety and prevention #2
  • The Man with the Place :: Poem
  • How do we elect the President of India
  • NPF open to a total reconciliation process
  • Plea to protect Manipur ponies
  • Also nail those who gave the order
  • Echum Lairembi, Khurkhul #2:: Gallery
  • Aerial survey of flood :: Gallery
  • Sendra Park & Resort #4 :: 360 ° View
  • Experience in Militarized Landscape
  • Medical: Humanitarian service or job security
  • Deconstructing "THE Thoughts"
  • Fate of JNIMS: MCI may cancel recognition
  • Landslide at Jiribam Highway #1 :: Gallery
  • Subroto Football @Wangjing #1 :: Gallery
  • Rejoinder to Bala & 'Manipuri Feminists'
  • Black sheep in the movement for ILPS
  • My visit to Shri Lanka
  • My First Acquaintance:: Poem
  • Representation submitted to Nagaland Guv
  • Wanted: Noah's Ark for NE
  • Blessing for Sharmila
  • Cabinet outside Imphal: Taking all on board
  • 'Huranbagi Tarani Mapugi nongma'
  • Imphal city flooded [13 July] #1 :: Gallery
  • Wari - Aben :: e-pao Radio
  • Kang Joydeva Chongba #2 :: Gallery
  • In the Quaint Leikai-Village of Kwatha
  • Manipur Sangai International Digital Salon
  • Imphal National Model Shooting Workshop
  • Awunching Biodiversity Park #1 :: 360 ° View
  • Effective Communication for Careers
  • Manipur Girls advance to semi finals
  • Eggs pass Manipur fitness test
  • Making their stand known: On collision..
  • Will BJP Govt. able to defuse it
  • Battle Of Khongjom & Manipuris in 1891 #2
  • A Copula in Manipuri Language ?
  • Brain drain: A burning issue in India
  • Seagull Seagull :: Poem
  • Minister Yitachu Speaks Out
  • Rs 131 crore lost in Manipur flood
  • National media ignoring NE floods
  • It is BJP & BJP all over: Silence of Congress
  • Menace of Mob Justice
  • Professional Ethics or Personal Security
  • Tourist Watch Tower, Khongjom #2 :: 360 °
  • Monsoon rain :: Poem
  • Look Locally act Nationally
  • Nisa na khunaida piba cheitheng
  • Delayed 50 Bedded Tamenglong Hospital
  • NPF points out Model Code of Conduct
  • Hope for kin of 'fake encounter' victims
  • Next round of tripartite talks : Dists creation
  • The flash flood in Manipur is manmade
  • Ukhongsang village, Heirok :: Gallery
  • Sub-Junior Boys Football #2 :: Gallery
  • Unauthorized selling of high priced Meds
  • Once in a blue moon Chief Secretary
  • Free counselling program for students
  • Twinging Turns of Life :: Poem
  • Highways cut off, paddy fields inundated
  • Rights of the consumers
  • Echum Lairembi, Khurkhul #1:: Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #2 :: Gallery
  • Edu Min @TG Higher Secondary :: Gallery
  • Cheiraoba Ching Kaba #8 :: 360 ° View
  • Head-huntings : Nagas' perspective #2
  • Personal chit chat: Modi & Trump
  • Emergency meeting of Naga People's Front
  • Removal of Armed Forces from Loukoipat
  • September ultimatum from JCILPS
  • Tribute to Sapam Robinhood #1 :: Gallery
  • Nabakishore's unceremonious removal...
  • Promo Fashion Show of NE Fashion Week
  • ..ensure removal of army camp from Univ
  • Can Indo-Naga political issue be a secret
  • Kang Khichri chaba :: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Depigmentation- Hope for vitiligo patients
  • NCC should become mandatory : Governor
  • Memo to CM on army camp at Manipur Univ
  • Unceremoniously showing the exit door
  • "Framework agreement" on the limelight
  • Camping @ Phangrei, Ukhrul #2 :: Gallery
  • Khongjom War Memorial #1 :: 360 ° View
  • Dynamic Enterpreneurship 2.0 at Imphal
  • Making education a free zone
  • Bone-Setter of Maiba-Maibi Laiyeng Pathap
  • Bhagirathi Ganga : Dance by Lianda Folk
  • Use coconut water for cleaning face skin
  • The will-o'-the-wisp
  • Appraising trajectory of migration in India
  • wakhal.com is hiring
  • Jobs at Vitsofts Tech, Canchipur
  • EMRS Kpi: Breaking Imphal monopoly
  • People spend 15-day in a year at traffic
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #1 :: Gallery
  • Sub-Junior Boys Football #1 :: Gallery
  • Introspecting Some Old Games :: Folk
  • Kakching community gardening :: Gallery
  • Travelling along the infamous NH-2
  • Great June Uprising #4 :: Gallery
  • Id-ul-Fitr @Imphal #2 :: Gallery
  • Letter to Delhi Golf Club
  • Kang Tournament #1 :: Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #2 :: Gallery
  • Landscape of Ukhrul #1 :: Gallery
  • Football League @Awang Sekmai :: Gallery
  • Monna Sengao lakpa :: e-pao Radio
  • Books & Coffee: Trend set by Bishantham
  • Brahmacharimayum Roji-Photo #2 :: eRang
  • Junior Girls District Football #2 :: Gallery
  • Great June Uprising #3 :: Gallery
  • Kang Chingba @Singjamei :: Gallery
  • 15th Mega Miss North East :: Gallery
  • Suman Ningthoujam is Mega Mister NE
  • Three Mothers Art Gallery :: Gallery
  • Angkor Wat - Cambodia #6 :: Gallery
  • Earth crack at Kangpokpi #2 :: Gallery
  • Lai Khong Chingba @Thangjing #4
  • Yeningthagi Wari Kumhei :: Gallery
  • Arbind Soibam (Singer) :: Erang Photos
  • Film Personalities #3 :: eRang Classic
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #5 : Ooba
  • HSE 2017 : Toppers in Science :: Gallery
  • Landscape of Manipur #6: Wallpaper
  • SPONSORED ADS