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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Wednesday, June 7, 2023

India, Japan, and the Quad: Furthering an “Indispensable” Partnership

Sumitha Narayanan Kutty
June 5, 2023

In the latest issue of India in Transition, Sumitha Narayanan Kutty (King's College London) examines why the India-Japan partnership appears enduring today as their issue-based alignment is reinforced through the Quad.

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This article is the third in a four-part IiT series focused on India in the Quad, the geopolitical grouping that also includes Japan, Australia, and the US, whose leaders met at the annual Quad Summit in Hiroshima in May 2023. As India's perception of the China challenge continues to evolve, its approach toward the Quad—which has expanded in ambition and activity since the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Indo-China clash in Ladakh, and amid growing Sino-US tensions—calls for additional scholarly scrutiny. The first piece, by Kate Sullivan de Estrada, looked at India's leveraging of a "low-resolution" liberal order in the Indo-Pacific. The second, by Aditi Malhotra, looked at Shades of Grey between India, the US, and the Quad.

(IiT Consulting Editor: Rohan Venkat, writer, India Inside Out; Editorial Consultant, Centre for Policy Research)

CASI in the News

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), which has been at the forefront on research aimed at curbing tobacco use in India, published “Tobacco Imagery in On-Demand Streaming Content Popular Among Adolescents and Young Adults in India: Implications for Global Tobacco Control” in a 2021 issue of Tobacco Control and “The Global Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Smokeless Tobacco Use: A Systematic Review” in the May 2023 issue of Lancet Global Health. The study and review, both of which were co-authored by CASI Spring 2023 Visiting Fellow Monika Arora (Vice President of Research, PHFI), have since garnered significant media and coverage and spurred policy discussion and change in India. Additionally, Dr. Arora co-authored, along with other global tobacco control experts, “The 20th Anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Hard Won Progress Amid Evolving Challenges” in the May 29, 2023 issue of The Lancet.

Media Coverage:

OTT Platforms to Carry Anti-Tobacco Disclaimers Soon as Health Ministry Set to Notify New Rules
Sumi Sukanya Dutta, The Print, May 30, 2023

Demand for Inclusion of Anti-Tobacco Warning on OTT Platform
Kalyan Ray, Deccan Herald, May 30, 2023

Plea for OTT Leash on Tobacco: Experts Fear Reversal of Effects of Years of Warning”
G.S. Mudur, The Telegraph India, May 23, 2023

Notification by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India on regulating exposure in online curated content. May 31, 2023 (in Hindi & English)

Lancet Lauds India’s Bid to Curb Smokeless Tobacco, Calls it ‘Exemplary’
Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, May 31, 2023

India Needs Separate Taxation Policy to Control Smokeless Tobacco: Lancet
Priyanka Sharma, Livemint, May 30, 2023

CASI Director Tariq Thachil and CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar Adam Auerbach (American University) were interviewed by Milan Vaishnav (CEIP; CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar) on his podcast Grand Tamasha on May 30, 2023 to discuss "The Democratic Dynamism of India's Slums" in reference to their new book, Migrants and Machine Politics: How India's Urban Poor Seek Representation and Responsiveness (Princeton University Press, 2023). The podcast was featured the June 5, 2023 Hindustan Times article "Politics in Slums Highly Active and Competitive."

CASI Student Programs

Keep up with CASI's 2023 Summer Interns and Summer Research Grant recipients—now in India—on the CASI Student Programs Blog!

Questions about CASI Student Programs?
Please contact Juni Bahuguna (Assistant Director, Student & Visitor Programs) at junib@sas.upenn.edu

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 9, 2023, 9:00am EDT / 6:30pm IST

"India & the World: Geopolitics and the Emerging Trade & Investment Regime"

A UPIASI Webinar with Sachin Chaturvedi, Amrita Batra, and Amitendu Palit (moderated by UPIASI Academic Director E. Sridharan)
As the world undergoes geopolitical shifts, this webinar will dig deeper into the issues at stake within the dynamism of the new international trade, investment order that comes along with it. Together, taking stock of the emerging developments, we will try to critically understand what impact this trade integration combined with current geopolitics holds for India.

2023 CASI VIRTUAL Data Seminar Series

CASI's Data Seminar Series continues in Summer 2023 on the following Wednesdays at 10:00am EDT / 7:30pm IST. All seminars will be held virtually and speakers will be hosted by Rukmini S. (Independent Data Journalist; CASI Fall 2022 Visiting Fellow). Registration required!

June 14, 2023
"Women In (and Out of) the Workforce"
Vidya Mahambare
(Professor and Director, Research, Great Lakes Institute of Management) & Sowmya Dhanaraj (Senior Research Fellow, Good Business Lab and Assistant Professor, Madras School of Economics)

July 12, 2023
"Health Data: Indicators and Access"       
William Joe
(Assistant Professor, Population Research Center, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and Bernard Lown Scholar, Harvard-Chan School of Public Health)

August 23, 2023
"Sub-National Administrative Data: The New Frontier"           
Neelanjan Sircar
(Senior Fellow, CPR and Assistant Professor, Ashoka University)

View Videos of Past Data Seminar Series Lectures

Our Campus & Regional Partners

DevLab@Penn's Machine Learning for Peace (MLP) project has announced the release of data and forecasts covering civic space and Russian/Chinese influence in India. The MLP project, which involves CASI/DevLab Research Coordinator Jitender Swami, seeks to measure, understand, and predict how civic space is changing in countries around the world. Work on India involves the classification of more than 10 million daily news articles from 2012-23 across a rich array of national, regional, and international news sources. Data is used to populate:

  • data dashboard where users can view monthly activity across a wide range of civic events and Russian & Chinese activities in India
  • Monthly forecasts of 15 different types of civic activities
  • A ‘Civic Space Early Warning System’ that maps countries that are forecasted to see increased civic activity 
  • Regular country reports on updated forecasts. The most recent report covering India is available here and covers data through the end of April, including a successful forecast of recent protests.
  • View the India dashboard

Campus Location

CASI's office is located close to the heart of Penn's campus at the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics at 133 South 36th Street (Suite 230) Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215.

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