Asia-Pacific

The EU’s Global Governance Versus China’s Harmonious World (ARI)

Wang Youming. ARI 133/2010 - 10/9/2010.

The EU’s ‘Global Governance’ and China’s ‘Harmonious World’ seem to be competing to be the dominant idea on international relations in the new century.


Prospects for North Korea-South Korea Relations after the <i>Cheonan</i> Incident (ARI)

Choi Kang. ARI 125/2010 - 28/7/2010.

This ARI explores the situation in the Korean peninsula after the sinking of the Cheonan on 26 March 2010 and stresses the need for a new South Korean policy towards the North.


India’s Transition to Global Donor: Limitations and Prospects (ARI)

Dweep Chanana. ARI 123/2010 - 23/7/2010.

India has increasingly sought to expand its activities as a donor, both to reposition itself as an emerging power and to use aid as an instrument for engaging with other developing countries. This ARI looks at the current state of India’s donor programme as regards both its size and scope, identifies India’s role within the multilateral aid scenario and evaluates the challenges and prospects for further growth.


Central Asia: Moving Towards an Alternative Vision of Energy Relations? (WP)

Aurèlia Mañé Estrada. WP 56/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 4/5/2010.

The idea behind this paper is that the way we view energy relations determines how we define and apply energy security policies. In light of this, the emergence of Central Asia on the international hydrocarbon scene is an excellent opportunity to illustrate the difference that exists today between the dominant epistemological-conceptual approach to energy relations and the reality behind these same relations.


Energy Security in Central Asia: Infrastructure and Risk (ARI)

Félix Arteaga. ARI 1/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 19/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

The energy infrastructures running through Central Asia face endogenous and exogenous structural risks that could affect supplies if they materialise and Central Asian countries fail to develop adequate protection mechanisms, either on their own or with outside help.


Geo-Economics in Central Asia and the ‘Great Game’ of Natural Resources: Water, Oil, Gas, Uranium and Transportation Corridors (WP)

Miguel Á. Pérez Martín. WP 59/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 19/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

This Working Paper describes and analyses Central Asia from the standpoint of geo-economics, focusing especially on key questions in the region such as water, logistics, the direction of trade flows, hydrocarbons (oil and gas) and uranium. Its purpose is to estimate the involvement of the great powers and multinational companies in connection with these issues, assessing which countries or companies have the greatest presence or influence and showing how some of these players, especially Russia, play a dominant role in what some analysts have called the new ‘Great Game’.


The EU and Natural Gas from Central Asia: Is Nabucco the Best Option? (ARI)

Rafael Fernández. ARI 102/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 14/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

This ARI looks at the advantages, difficulties and uncertainties concerning the Nabuccogas pipeline, the project to transport energy from a number of Central Asian countries to the EU.


Developing India’s Surface Transport Capability: The Case of Road Infrastructure (ARI)

Rajeev Anantaram. ARI 37/2010 - 25/2/2010.

The Government of India is making concerted efforts to reduce transport bottlenecks, particularly on roads. This ARI discusses the new policy initiatives formulated as part of an evolving regulatory regime, particularly those intended to encourage greater private sector participation and foreign direct investment.


India’s African Engagement (ARI)

Peter Kragelund. ARI 10/2010 - 19/1/2010.

The April 2008 India-Africa Forum Summit not only marked the zenith of India-African cooperation following intensified cultural, political and economic interactions between India and African countries, but also the increased competition with China over access to Africa’s resources and markets. The author reviews India’s development cooperation with African economies.


The Development of the Power Sector in India: Issues and Prospects (ARI)

ARI 6/2010 - 18/1/2010. Rajeev Anantaram.

The power sector in India is projected to grow rapidly over the next two decades and to be increasingly open to private sector participation, both domestic and foreign.