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
  • Manipur Fashion Rendezvous #2 : Gallery
  • Thoujalheibi, Lanchebi :: eMing
  • Kabui Keioiba :Dance Drama #4: Gallery
  • Ex-Switzerland : Manipur Tourism #1
  • Ethno Science & Traditional Tech
  • The great revelation
  • Certificate Course on Tobacco Control
  • Vacancy at YVU Financial, Thoubal
  • Rani Gaidinliu Football: Gallery
  • Addressing racial discrimination
  • Aerial view of Koirengei : Gallery
  • Acrobatics Team @ Dubai, UAE: Gallery
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #3: Gallery
  • Phum-Shang - Synopsis :: eRang
  • Communal Manipur Government
  • Khousabung- from Thangting/Thangjing
  • 'Co-operative Institutions in Manipur'
  • Complaint submitted to Bar Council in Saket
  • Condemn inhumane mob act in Bengalore
  • Women Post Office, Manipur in Singjamei
  • Growing hill-valley divide
  • Haobam Paban Kumar (Director) :: Profile
  • Paban's Phum Shang- Golden Conch award
  • Puya Mei Thaba Rally #1: Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Langthabal #2: Gallery
  • Nay-pyi-daw, The Phantom City Of Myanmar
  • The ghost of Sanjit
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty in Osteoporotic fracture
  • The Toad & the Snake :: Poem
  • Discussion on Museum as Cultural Centre
  • Walk-In at Korou InfoServices
  • Job Openings at Manipur BPO
  • Post Office exclusively runs by female staff
  • Missing the 20 Smart Cities list
  • World Wetlands Day @Sendra : Gallery
  • Why AFSPA in a Democratic Country #1
  • Women's Polo Final #3 : Gallery
  • Tulihal airport as Maharaja Narasingh Airport
  • Tour guiding as career option
  • Gaan-Ngai: Biggest ritual festival #4
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Vietnam Field School 2016-17
  • Global Policy School, 2016 at Kerala
  • Reqt for .NET developers @Imphal
  • Northeast's first medical e-retail platform
  • Set the internal wrongs right
  • Skuirei Dance from Maram: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #2: Gallery
  • Imphal & Banaras not among 20 smart cities
  • VIP culture or colonial hangover ?
  • World Wetlands Day 2016
  • How North East People can help each others
  • Openning function of Tanglei Festival
  • Tanglei Festival: social-cultural at Oinam
  • Democratization of Myanmar: Asia edition
  • India's fastest-growing state: Meghalaya
  • Manipur cops hunt for torturer
  • Pulling the idea of Manipur apart
  • Manipur Fashion Rendezvous #1 : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Nambol #3 : Gallery
  • 287th Puya Meithaba : Gallery
  • Dreaming For Smart City; Are U Smart...
  • Be as Christian as possible
  • El Empleo (The Employment) :: Review
  • Delhi Police caution against fraud
  • NSCN (R) appeals to back Naga talks
  • The admission and charge of Herojit
  • Charen Lem Dance , Senapati : Gallery
  • Women's Polo Final #2 : Gallery
  • Patanjali yoga
  • Yes I shot him dead. I shot Sanjit Meitei
  • Between Radha & Thoibi! :: Poem
  • Medical Camp @Taobam (Irang): Gallery
  • BK TROPHY 2016 : Quarter Final fixture
  • New Record By Manipur Postal Dept
  • Blood Donation Camp at Maram
  • Manipur killing is 'obstruction of justice'
  • USPA Team @Govindaji #1: Gallery
  • Republic Day @IE DC office: Gallery
  • Cultural diversity & National integration
  • South Asian Games Flagged off: Gallery
  • Penchant for reading news & society
  • NE XI vs India U17 World Cup Team Match
  • DM Episode-10: Importance of Science
  • Foot & mouth disease in Khumbong
  • Demand CM to resign on fake encounter
  • 50,000 donated to Child Heart Patient
  • Shunning domestic LPG in hotels
  • Haidokpa Yade (Scenes) #3 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakkouba @ Mysore : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @ Langthabal : Gallery
  • Mainstreaming of transgender in society
  • Halitosis / Bad breath
  • Showers of Compassion :: Poem
  • Seminar On India's Act East Policy @TRI
  • MSS Monthly Talk : Manipuri Cinema
  • Delhi Protests against Manipur Commandos
  • Ladies Retiring Room at Imphal Post Office
  • Republic Day : Yet another boycott
  • Thongkhosiem Haokip : Player Profile
  • General Strike @Imphal City : Gallery
  • Manipur News Corner : Android App
  • The Great Sangai Festival (sans Sangai)
  • Seminar on Conflict & Mental Health #2
  • Alcheringa IIT Guwahati is back - 20th Edition
  • Clarification from SP, Imphal West
  • Protest against Manipur Police Commandos
  • The ghost of July 23, 2009
  • Indian Republic Day @Imphal #1: Gallery
  • Cop confesses to killing ex-PLA in 2009
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Thangting or Thangjing: What's in a name?
  • Shaheed Manoranjan Football Tournament
  • Road safety - Time for action
  • Public Servants ='servants of public' but...
  • Discipline Action against AMMA FC
  • Bamboo Crusader Kamesh Salam
  • Rani Gaidinliu birth centenary celebrated
  • R-Day celebrated peacefully in Manipur
  • Chaluk @ Bijoy Govinda Temple : Gallery
  • Rani Gaidinliu: A unique freedom fighter
  • Into a Lifeless Stone :: Review
  • Women's Polo with USPA team #4 : Gallery
  • Earthquake, Eema Keithel & the Impasse
  • Heisnam Kanhailal : Padma Bhushan Award
  • NSCN (K) involved in narco-terrorism: AR
  • Backing down from earlier stand
  • Traditional hut of Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • Thangjing hill range & Nobin village
  • Human Serum Albumin: A burden to patients
  • Reconsolidation Day : Gallery
  • Lamka Inferno - Hype And Reality
  • Future political status of Manipur #5
  • Marketing Executive @basicP, Imphal
  • Employees Appreciation at Post Office
  • SBI donates Rs 2 crore to Mary Kom
  • Gaan Ngai @ Sangaiprou : Gallery
  • Maths Teacher Wanted at Thai School
  • Theme Song of South Asian Games
  • Aid at Kabui Khullen : Gallery
  • Himalayan bird identified as new species
  • Gaan Ngai : Zeliangrong Festival :: Flash
  • Chakaan Gaan-Ngai : Cultural Festival
  • SSS-MANIFA Award function : Gallery
  • Winter Vegetables @Toubul : Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai (2002 - 2015) :: Gallery
  • Jiri Railroad construction : Gallery
  • lEhOrgdbra Ice IcL :: Seireng
  • Women's Polo with USPA team #2 : Gallery
  • Zou Dance @Tribal Festival :: Ooba Video
  • Earthquake: Entire Photo Gallery from Jan 4
  • Jena Khumanthem :: eRang Profile
  • Kharam Pallen, Senapati : Gallery
  • piraHgi paAoKuM :: Seireng
  • Meena Longjam: Young Achievers Award
  • Gurumayum Biseshwor- Youth Icon: Profile
  • Jiribam Wallpaper #4 : Download
  • Phanek Soccer: Goals for Girls: Gallery
  • Earthquake: Saikhul, Sadar Hills : Gallery
  • Earthquake: Noney Epicenter #1 : Gallery
  • Earthquake 6.8 near Imphal #1: Gallery
  • BT Flyover :: 360 View Panorama
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar 2016
  • Download :: PMP Bill 2015
  • Download :: MLR&LR Bill 2015
  • Download :: MSE Bill 2015
  • SPONSORED ADS