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The Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP) at the Institute of Peace and Conflict studies (IPCS) is perhaps one of the few independent and most importantly the most active Programme in South Asia on one of the most important region today in Asia and rest of the world.

The SEARP has been involved in consistent research on various domestic, bilateral and international issues relating to Southeast Asia, as could be seen from its publications, discussions and conferences.

The SEARP also aims to build a network of scholars working on Southeast Asia in India and the rest of region, connect with Institutions and Individuals in Southeast Asia. One of the unique emphasis of the Programme is to build the next generation scholars in India. As a part of this endeavour, the Programme invites research publications and internships from scholars outside.
Maritime Matters
Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that next-generation hybrid drone-missile unmanned systems may characterise the future naval realm

Maritime Matters
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that the ongoing digital transformation is highly disruptive and will dominate the maritime industry for many decades into the future

Maritime Matters
Microbeads and Microfibre: A Big Challenge for Blue Economy

Dr Vijay Sakhuja analyses the impact of these minuscule materials on marine life

East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why the trip might be unprecedented, but the outcomes are most likely not going to be so

China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Air Commodore Prashant Dikshit VM (G) traces the pattern in China's signaling to the world under the leadership of President Xi Jingping and makes projections

Maritime Matters
Short Sea Shipping in Bay of Bengal Takes Baby Steps

Dr Vijay Sakhuja considers the significance of new initiatives in the Bay region

Maritime Matters
Plastic Litter: The Challenge at Sea

Dr Vijay Sakhuja discusses initiatives aimed at ensuring that water bodies remain environmentally and ecologically stable

SEARP Calendar
Impact of Demographics on Global Politics
25 May 2017 , 1530-1700 hrs
India-Australia Relations & Roles in the Indo-Pacific
15 November 2016 , 1500-1630 Hrs
China's Continental Strategy Over the Next Twenty Years
3 September 2015
India and its Neighbourhood: An Audit of Conflict and Peace
10 July 2015
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia

In collaboration with Stella Maris College, Chennai and the SAEA Group Research, Singapore, the Institute organized an International Conference - "The Asia Pacific 2013: Looking Beyond South East Asia".
Papers were presented by experts on contemporary dynamics shaping the Asia-Pacific region:

#228, July 2013
Upper House Elections & Political Stability in Japan: Abe’s Next Steps
Rajaram Panda
#223, June 2013
Towards a New Asian Security Architecture?: India and Japan
Rajaram Panda
#213, May 2013
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Growing Tensions in South China Sea
Sonika Gupta
#212, May 2013
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Japan and ASEAN
Rajaram Panda
#211, May 2013
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Beijing’s Strategies towards South China Sea
Jayadeva Ranade
#210, May 2013
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: The American Pivot and Rebalancing
PR Chari
#209, April 2013
The North Korean Threat: More Bark Than Bite
Rajaram Panda
Regional Dialogue on Myanmar

The Programme, depending on the funding support, aims to initiate a Regional Dialogue, involving Myanmar and its neighbours – especially India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and China. While there has been so much of focus on a regional dialogue on Afghanistan, a similar initiative is imperative on Myanmar to ensure positive transformation. The region and the rest of international community has a major role in assisting Myanmar’s transition.

SEARP Faculty:
D Suba Chandran
Aparupa Bhattacherjee
Research Officer
Prof. Baladas Ghoshal
Distinguished Fellow
Amb. Ranjit Gupta
Distinguished Fellow
Sandeep Mishra
Visiting Fellow
Amb. Leela Ponnappa
Executive Committee Member
Bibhu Prasad Routray
Visiting Fellow
Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar
Visiting Fellow
Vivek Mishra
Research Intern
SEARP Task Force: Lookeast 3.0

In 2013, the SEARP Task Force on “Look East 3.0 : An agenda for the Third Decade” comprising of intellectuals, scholars and former bureaucrats (from New Delhi and the rest of India), will provide alternative suggestions to the government of India. Based on numerous meetings and interviews, the report of this Task Force is likely to be finalised and released during December 2013.


The Programme organises an annual dialogue at the national level to discuss current issues, dynamics and challenges in countries of Southeast Asia. Findings of these dialogues are published as IPCS special Reports. In 2013, the third annual dialogue will be held in New Delhi on 06 December 2013, in collaboration with the India International Center (IIC).Click here for more...

An Alternative Strategy for Southeast Asia: Looking through India's Northeast
Edited by D. Suba Chandran, Tuli Sinha and Harnit Kaur Kang
Samskriti Publishers
Issue Briefs and Special Reports:
IPCS Forecast 2016

Special Report 182

IPCS Forecast 2016

Special Reports 182

Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Reports 178

IPCS Forecasts: Southeast Asia in 2015
Shankari Sundararaman
Special Reports 172

BIMSTEC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
IPCS Interview
Special Reports 163

India and Southeast Asia: A Personal Narrative from Chennai
Prof. V. Suryanarayan
Special Reports 139

Myanmar’s National Reconciliation: An Audit of Insurgencies and Ceasefires
Bibhu Prasad Routray
Special Reports 138

Malaysia: Majority Supremacy and Ethnic Tensions
Pranav Kumar
Special Reports 134

South China Sea: Everlasting Antagonisms
Harnit Kaur Kang
Special Reports 133

South China Sea: Emerging Security Architecture
Teshu Singh
Special Reports 132

Myanmar’s Ethnic Divide: The Parallel Struggle
Medha Chaturvedi
Special Reports 131

Myanmar: Pangs of Democratic Transition
Sampa Kundu
Special Reports 130

The Dispute over Prea Vihear: Seen Problems, Unseen Stakes
Panchali Saikia
Special Reports 129

Internal Developments in Myanmar: The Road Ahead
Transcript of the Special Address by H.E. Amb. U Zin Yaw
Special Reports 118

South China Sea: Opportunity or Liability?
Bhavna Singh & Panchali Saikia
Special Reports 113

Inside Southeast Asia - First Annual Conference
Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP)
Special Reports 110

Book Reviews:
Two Decades of India’s Look East Policy: Partnership For Peace, Progress And Prosperity
AN Ram (Ed)
Reviewer : Vibhanshu Shekhar
SEARP Quarterly
The IPCS Quarterlies are a compilation of the recent publications that provide wide-ranging commentaries on the season's most outstanding issues.  
January-March 2014
October-December 2013
July-September 2013 April-June 2013
January-March 2013  
The programme is supported by SAEA Group research, Singapore.  

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