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POLICYMAKING IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Vol. 23 No. 3, Autumn (July-September) 2019
POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY: CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DISCIPLINE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Aabid Majeed Sheikh and ?aban Halis Çali? discuss the descriptive characteristics of political psychology, its research methods and institutionalisation. They also detail the existing and potential contributions of political psychology to international relations and examine a variety of different theories used to analyse the behavior of terrorists.

Author: Aabid Majeed Sheikh and ?aban Halis Çali?
ANALYSING FOREIGN POLICY: A THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE

Sukhwant S Bindra analyses the evolution of the domain of international affairs studies since the Second World War and explains why foreign policy has emerged as a distinct field of research within or even outside the broader framework of international relations and diplomatic science and practice.

Author: Sukhwant S Bindra
THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION’S AGREEMENT ON AGRICULTURE: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FOR INDIA

Priya Dahiya provides a brief overview of the history of GATT/WTO and the reasons for eventually extending the remit of negotiations to include agricultural trade. After providing background information on the content of the Agreement on Agriculture, she examines the main commitments advanced under the Uruguay Round and India’s standing on each.

Author: Priya Dahiya
THE ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM IS THE SOURCE OF THE SOLUTION

Benjamin Brown looks at the seemingly intractable conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians from a historical perspective, minus the questionable decisions made by the British and French occupying powers in the twentieth century. He states that reciprocal recognition of the rights of the various religious and ethnic communities is a precondition to the creation of two states.

Author: Benjamin Brown
CHINA’S HEGEMONY IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

The South China Sea is poised to be the next big geopolitical theatre and freedom of navigation is at the centre of attention. Attar Rabbani reviews the claims and counterclaims to the area, assesses the energy reserves that allegedly sit beneath it and analyses its significance as a maritime crossroads. His main argument is that although the South China Sea is important from the point of view of trade, fishing and energy reserves, China’s strategic concerns trump them all.

Author: Attar Rabbani
PIRACY AND MARITIME SECURITY: REGIONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND POLITICAL, LEGAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS

Piracy is a real and ever-growing threat to seafarers and all ships run the risk of an attack at any moment with pirates becoming increasingly ruthless in their actions. States have taken steps at the international and regional levels to combat piracy, including through legal frameworks. Shatakshi Johri and S Krishnan evaluate the adequacy of the measures and discuss the current challenges to the implementation of anti-piracy norms.

Author: Shatakshi Johri and S Krishnan
THE INDO–JAPAN RELATIONSHIP: AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SCENARIO

Following decades of relative aloofness in the Cold War climate, the end of American–Soviet bipolarity heralded a new era of growing cordiality and cooperation between India and Japan. Mohd Rizwan Alam highlights the developments as well as major changes that have taken place in Indo–Japanese bilateral relations.

Author: Mohd Rizwan Alam
ANALYSING THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM IN KASHMIR

Kashmir’s natural beauty, balmy climate, rich culture, thriving handicrafts and well-known pilgrimage sites make it an ideal location for tourism. However, decades of unrest and periodic military clashes between India and Pakistan have prevented development in the state. Arif Gulzar, Tanveer Ahmad Khan and Wasia Hamid highlight the need to restore peace and stability in the valley to bring about the desired prosperity.

Author: rif Gulzar, Tanveer Ahmad Khan and Wasia Hamid
A PEACEFUL NORTHEAST IS IMPERATIVE FOR INDIA’S ACT EAST POLICY

Arun Sahni provides a perspective on India’s northeast region and the factors that impact its welfare and security. Development of the area is critical for shaping India’s current Act East Policy for achieving its geoeconomic and geostrategic aspirations. He also exposes the historical

causes of the insurgencies/militant uprisings, the present status in each

of the seven states and the key issues for conflict resolution.

Author: Arun Sahni
POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN BANGLADESH: DOMINANT DIMENSIONS

Kazi SM Khasrul Alam Quddusi reflects on the degradation of norms and values in politics and business, the spate of dehumanizing violence and the spread of militancy in Bangladesh. He uses in-depth analysis and close observation to draw a correct picture of the current scenario in the country and suggest some durable solutions.

Author: Kazi SM Khasrul Alam Quddusi