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The IPCS’ South East Asia Research Programme (SEARP) is one of the most active programmes in South Asia engaged in building a comprehensive understanding of the South East Asian region. SEARP research focuses on the study of the various domestic, bilateral multilateral and extended international issues pertaining to the region, including (but not limited to) on sovereign states of Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and dependent territories such as Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

One of SEARP’s unique aspects is its emphasis on building synergy among individuals and institutions working on Southeast Asia. As part of this endeavour, it is committed to facilitating a supportive environment where academicians, government officials and others interested in the region can engage in dialogue. In the past, SEARP has initiated numerous regional dialogues, such as the ‘Myanmar Project’ in which relations between Myanmar and its neighbours (India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia) are assessed. Research undertaken for the ‘Myanmar Project’ also focuses issues pertaining to internal transitions and external interests in the country.

IPCS’ SEARP aims to build the next generation of experts on Southeast Asia in India and beyond. For this, the Programme invites research publications and partnerships from scholars and practitioners from a variety of germane backgrounds.

Research conducted under the aegis of SEARP manifests in a variety of formats, including books, research papers, columns, commentaries, podcasts, etc. Contributors to this include subject matter experts and scholars from the IPCS; scholars, practitioners, military officials, bureaucrats, and diplomats from India as well as from countries and regions in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Analyses by scholars and experts associated with SEARP have been published and been featured on a variety of Indian and international print, audio and visual platforms.

Thematically, research at SEARP focuses on the politics, economics, trade, security and maritime affairs of countries that constitute the region, with an emphasis on developments relevant to the ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific. Some of the SEARP’s past focuses and studies include, but are not limited to:

  • ASEAN’s Centrality in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Western Pivot to Southeast Asia
  • BIMSTEC: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • The Intransigence over South China Sea
  • Democratic Transitions in Southeast Asia
  • Security Architecture of Southeast Asia
  • Civil-military Relations
  • Territorial Disputes
  • Ethnic Conflicts in The Region
  • India’s Look East Policy and Act East Policy vis-à-vis Southeast Asia
  • US in the Asia Pacific
  • Australia and South East Asia
  • IPCS Forecast Series
  • IPCS Global Transitions Compendium
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'City Lights of Asia and Australia': This image of Asia and Australia at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. Image Courtesy: NASA

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'City Lights of Asia and Australia': This image of Asia and Australia at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. Image Courtesy: NASA