Call for Papers


Association of Asia Scholars

in collaboration with

Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India


International Conference


“Connecting East: Confluence of IPOI and AOIP Visions”

September 1-3, 2022 (Thursday~Saturday).

New Delhi, India


Concept Note:

India has decisively moved forward in its policy stance towards East Asia; from Looking East in the 1990s to Acting East since 2014 and now to Connecting East by fine-tuning their shared physical, social, economic, digital, technical and temporal infrastructure. This assertive re-engagement of New Delhi, after a largely exploratory, and relatively shy and sluggish footwork of more than two decades, has raised expectations from India for widening and deepening this integration with the larger East Asian region, but by reinforcing the centrality of ASEAN both at a multilateral level as also in India’s bilateral engagement with each of the member nations. Recognising this new synergy and enthusiasm in India’s Connecting East mission, this international conference seeks to explore the cumulative as well as the ongoing evolution of India’s ASEAN-centred eastwards engagement expanding physically from Looking East, starting from engaging original ASEAN-six to Acting East as a major stakeholder in the emerging Indo-Pacific formulations, hence calibrating this with the Indo-Pacific arena. These emanate from several convergences between ASEAN’s Outlook for the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI). This was highlighted by Prime Minister Modi at the 18th ASEAN-India Summit on October 28, 2021. In his words, “India’s IPOI and ASEAN’s Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the frameworks for our shared vision and mutual cooperation,”

The seven central pillars of the IPOI are maritime security, maritime ecology, maritime resources, capacity building, disaster risk reduction, S&T cooperation and trade connectivity the PM said. He underlined the centrality of ASEAN in India’s vision for a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. While the IP Outlook of ASEAN 1 defines the core areas where ASEAN seeks to collaborate with other regional partners, areas as maritime cooperation, connectivity, and UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are in line with the seven pillars of the IPOI.

Objective of the Conference:

The central objective of this conference is to explore the convergences between the ASEAN Vision for the Indo-Pacific and India’s seven pillars of the IPOI, as India endeavors to connect East. Hence, the focus will be on articulating relevant concepts, institutions, actors, and issues in the context of the Indo-Pacific from India and ASEAN countries.

Sub Themes of the Conference:

  • Southeast Asia, India and Global Powers
  • The Global Order and Asia’s Post-Pandemic Integration
  • India- ASEAN Visions for the Indo-Pacific: Convergences
  • Maritime Security in Asia
  • India’s Connectivity Initiatives and ASEAN
  • ASEAN countries: Specific Responses and views on IPOI
  • ASEAN Centrality and the Indo-Pacific

Who should Participate:

The proposed conference seeks to engage eminent scholars, academicians, analysts, and experts from India and abroad to discuss the various aspects of the evolving convergences between the ASEAN Vision for the Indo-Pacific and India’s seven pillars of the IPOI and to provide a platform for policy practitioners for undertaking serious deliberations on the various sub-themes.

Guidelines for Paper Submission

  1. All submissions must be sent to
  2. Provide an abstract of not more than 300 words with 3-4 keywords. Abstract must define the objectives of the proposed research paper. Comparative research would be preferred. (There is no fee payable to submit the abstract).

The Abstracts will be screened to ensure proper scope, relevance and quality by the AAS Research Team.

  1. Research papers must be between 5,000-7,000 words in length but no longer than 8,500 words, including tables, charts, diagrams, graphs and references.
  2. The Authors of selected papers would present their papers in an international forum.
  3. The preferred format for the abstract manuscript is Word file. Please state the author name(s), affiliation and contact details clearly in the document itself.
  4. We welcome co-authored papers, but please state the authorship credits distinctly.
  5. The call for papers is open to the graduating class of 2021 and above.



Sanjay Kumar Bhardwaj is Chairperson & Professor Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU. His Areas of Specialization include India’s Foreign Policy with special reference to its Neighbours (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and China), Bangladesh: Identity, Politics and Foreign Policy issues, South Asia: History of Partition, Identity, Religion, South Asia: Politico-Security, Socio-Cultural Issues. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships.

Sharad Kumar Soni is a Professor, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies His research interests include Mongolian, Central Asian and Inner Asian Studies with a focus on history, culture, ethnicity, politics and international relations of Mongolia, Kazakhstan as well as Tibet and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions of China, apart from issues concerning Mongol culture areas of Siberian Republics of Tuva and Buryatia. 

Sanjay Sharma is Professor with Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is a historian, translator and media practitioner. He was educated in Allahabad University (B.A.), Jawaharlal Nehru University (M.A.), Delhi University (M.Phil) and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Ph.D). He has researched on aspects of famine, relief, food security, drought, environmental degradation, state welfarism and philanthropy in modern India. He is also interested in issues of poverty, hunger, diet, disease, malnutrition, health and medicine in the colonial period. His wider areas of interest include state formation, popular culture, language and media in northern India. He has been engaged with comparative histories of India, China and Europe.

Reena Marwah is Professor, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, India. Her research interests include international relations, international business and politics of globalization. She was an ICSSR Senior Fellow, MHRD, Govt. of India, from June 2017 to May, 2019 and a Senior Academic Consultant with ICSSR for three years. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships (including the Robert McNamara fellowship of the World Bank in 1999 and the Asian Scholarship Foundation fellowship in 2002. Her latest book (March 2020), Re-imagining India-Thailand Relations: A Multilateral and Bilateral Perspective, has been published by World Scientific Publishers, Singapore.

Sukhpal Singh is with the Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), IIM, Ahmedabad. He has eight books including the recent ones on fresh food retail chains in India (2011), Modern food value chains in India (2012), and producer companies (2014),  and has published more than 100 research papers in international/national journals/edited books, and 50 review articles/articles in popular dailies/magazines. He was a visiting fellow at the IDS, Sussex (Brighton), UK, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and the University of Manchester; UK.

Lakhwinder Singh is Professor of Economics and Head, Department of Economics, Punjabi University, and Coordinator, Centre for Development Economics and Innovations Studies (CDEIS), Punjabi University. His research interests include development Economics, Systems of Innovation, Human Development and Knowledge-Economy, Rural-Urban Migration, Area Studies (Punjab, India, South Korea, Asia and BRICS). He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships and has published extensively.

Sangeeta Thapliyal, is a Professor at the Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies and is currently an ICCR Chair professor in Spain. She works on strategic issues concerning South Asia with a special reference to Nepal. Her areas of research include Water Security in South Asia and Regional Cooperation. Her previous work experience includes the Director, Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi Policy Group and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.

B. R. Deepak is a Professor of Chinese and China Studies at the Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is the recipient of many scholarships and awards and has published extensively. He is the author of India and China 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict (2005), China: Agriculture, Countryside and Peasantry (2010), and Chinese Poetry: From 11th Century BC to 14th Century AD for which he has won China Special Book Award in 2011; India-China Relations: Civilizational Perspective (2012); India-China Relations: Future Perspectives (2012). 

Swaran Singh is Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament at Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He is President of Association of ASIA Scholars, General Secretary of Indian Association of Asian & Pacific Studies, Guest Professor at Research Institute of Indian Ocean Economies, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (China) and Advisory Board Member of Atlanta-based Communities Without Borders Inc. (United States). He has numerous publications to his credit.

Dr. E. Sridharan is the Academic Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI) in New Delhi. He is a political scientist with research interests in comparative politics and political economy of development, party systems and coalition politics, and international relations theory and conflict resolution in South Asia.

Patricia Uberoi is currently Chairperson and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. A sociologist by training, Dr Uberoi has taught Sociology at the University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and retired as Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research interests centre on aspects of family, kinship, gender, popular culture and social policy in respect to both India and China.

Ambassador (Retd.) Sudhir T. Devare is a former Indian diplomat who joined the Indian Foreign Service (I.F.S) in 1964. He has worked in several Indian embassies abroad such as Moscow, Washington, Geneva and Myanmar. As Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs (1998-2001) he was closely associated with the evolution and implementation of India’s Look East policy as well as multilateral economic relations with the world. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board in 2002-03. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Centre of East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has held several positions of eminence, including the position of Director-General of the Indian Council of World Affairs from 2009-2012.

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago (1991-2008). Subsequently, he became Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (2008-2015). He has published extensively.

Wang Gungwu (b. 9 October 1930, Surabaya, Indonesia–) is an internationally renowned historian famed for his scholarship on the history of the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia, as well as the history and civilisation of China and Southeast Asia. In his illustrious academic career, Wang has held eminent appointments in various universities and organisations around the world. He is currently a professor emeritus at the Australian National University, and a University Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the highest academic title conferred by NUS. He was the Chairperson of the ASF.