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Courses offered by the Centre Faculty

BA Optional

  1. WA101                       Introduction to the Arab-Israeli Relations
  2. WA102                       Introduction to the Gulf

MA Courses

  1. IS509N                        Government and Politics in West Asia
  2. IS524N                        Foreign Policy of Israel
  3. IS559N                        West Asia in World Affairs
  4. IS587N                        Minorities in World Politics
  5. IA401                           Theories of International Relations
  6. IA416                          Political Economy
  7. IA502                          State and Politics in West Asia and North Africa
  8. IA520                          Conflict and Peace in West Asia and North Africa

PhD Courses

  1. WA601N                    West Asian Political Systems
  2. WA603N                    Government and Politics in North Africa
  3. WA604N                    Politics and Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia
  4. WA607N                    West Asia in World Affairs
  5. WA608N                    Politics and Foreign Policy of Iran since Revolution
  6. WA613N                    Research Methodology (Core)
  7. WA615N                    West Asian Economies: Issues in Development
  8. WA617N                    Government and Politics in GCC States
  9. WA620N                    India, West Asia and North Africa
  10. WA621N                    Foreign Policy of Turkey
  11. WA623N                    Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
  12. WA624N                    Politics and Foreign Policy of Egypt
  13. WA625N                    Conflicts & Peace in West Asia & North Africa
  14. WA627N                    Government & Politics in the Fertile Crescent Countries
  15. WA628N                    Gulf Energy & World Politics
  16. WA629N                    Intellectual Traditions in the Arab World
  17. WA630N                    Interventions in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.