Asia-Pacific

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.


The Momentum of Indonesia’s Economic Recovery (ARI)

Fajar B. Hirawan. ARI 167/2009 - 15/12/2009. Go to Spanish version

It is clear that no single country can be immune from the global recession, including Indonesia. The impact on the latter has distorted some of its economic indicators, especially growth and trade. In line with the efforts made by its government to handle the crisis, Indonesia held elections, both legislative and presidential, in 2009. This ARI looks at the implications of the elections and the prospects for Indonesia’s economy after them.


North Korea and the Non-proliferation Regime (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 155/2009 - 16/11/2009.

In this review of the implications of North Korea’s behaviour during 2009 on the Non-proliferation Regime, it is stressed that if North Korea cannot be deterred from its nuclear ambitions this will deliver a serious blow to the international non-proliferation regime. It will also damage the likelihood of a successful outcome at next year’s NPT Review Conference.


The Global Economic Crisis and India: An Analysis (ARI)

Pankaj Vashisht and Sriparna Pathak. ARI 129/2009 - 10/9/2009. Go to Spanish version

The unfolding global financial crisis comes in various forms and presents many challenges as well as opportunities, even though it is too early to predict any specific outcome. However, the fact remains that the international system and the concept of power as such is undergoing a shift. This has serious implications for the developing world. The financial crisis presents India in particular with several geopolitical implications.


North Korea and the New Security Paradigm (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 95/2009 - 4/6/2009. Go to Spanish version

A new crisis has emerged on the Korean peninsula as a result of North Korea’s latest nuclear tests.


The Impact of the Global Crisis on China and its Reaction (ARI)

Ming Zhang. ARI 62/2009 - 14/4/2009.

The current global financial crisis is having a significant negative impact on the Chinese economy, affecting exports, foreign exchange reserves and structural adjustments.