BM. Jain, M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science
Teaching Experience: Graduate and undergraduate classes over three-decade, covering international relations, foreign policies of the United States, the U.K, Russia, China and India, government and politics in India and South Asia, international relations of South Asia, diplomacy, arms control and disarmament, globalisation, global governance and human rights.
Post-doctoral Research Experience and Specialization: over two- decade in the field of comparative politics of South Asia, ethno-politics, regional security, nuclear proliferation and arms control, conflict and peace studies of South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East Asia.
Professional Positions :
Honours and Awards:
Pacific Affairs (British ColumbiaUniversity,Vancouver)
Contemporary South Asia (Manchester, UK)
South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (London: Routledge)
Icfai Journal of International Relations (Hyderabad,India)
Political Change (Jaipur, India)
Books: over one dozen including
University and College Level Text Books:
Articles: nearly 100 in refereed journals, chapters in edited volumes ((India and abroad), and international encyclopedia. Peer-reviewed journals include Pacific Affairs, Round Table, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Journal, , Asian Profile, Asian Studies, Indian Journal of American Studies, China Report, Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, Political Science Review, Entlungspolitik, Visvabharati Quarterly Journal , Indian Journal of Strategic Studies, and The Icfai University Journal of International Relations.
Selected Articles/Book Chapters:
Encyclopedia Short Articles:
India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, Vol1, A-K (ABC CLIO, Santa Barbara, California, 2011): two
Encyclopedia of the Developing World , Vol. 3, (New York: Routledge, 2006): one
Historical Encyclopedia of Sino-US Relations (Jefferson,NC: McFarland 2006): five
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, December 2002): 9
International Encyclopedia of Airpower (Washington,DC;Oxford,Cambridge, 2002)
Selected Projects (Completed):
Papers presented at international conferences: Over three dozen includingWashington,DC(USA) ,Seoul(South Korea),Berlin(Germany). Vilnius(Lithuania), Durham (North Carolina, USA), Hong Kong(China), Bangkok(Thailand) Tampere (Finland), Vancouver (Canada), Beijing(China),Taipei(Taiwan),Calgary(Canada), London(UK), Madison(Wisconsin), Taipei(Taiwan),Leuven(Belgium)
Presentation of Papers at International Conferences
Budapest, 7-12 July 1997.
Chairperson in International Conferences:
Discussant: IPRA Conference (South Korea, 2002); International Conference on Peace Education (Jaipur, 2004)
Invited Lectures Abroad: universities/research institutes including Illinois University (Urbana-Champaign), Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) , Pittsburgh University(Kansas), North Carolina University Durham) , South Carolina University(Columbia); Humboldt University(Berlin),Leipzig University(Leipzig), Free Berlin University(Berlin), Bremen University, Kassel University(Kassel), Bundeswehr University(Hamburg) , Bonn University(Bonn), Kiel University(Kiel) Osnabruck University(Osnabruck), Heidelberg University(Heidelberg), Hanover University(Hanover), Goethe University(Frankfurt), Bremen University(Bremen), Dresden University(Dresden) , Konstanz University(Konstanz); Hague (The Netherlands); Oxford(England),Gandhian Studies Centre(London) ; Hong Kong University(Hong Kong); Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Kungnam University(Seoul, South Korea), Tokyo International University(Tokyo, Japan),Pace University (New York City), State University of New York, Binghamton, McGill University(Montreal, Canada).
Topics of Lectures:
Recently Invited Lectures as a UGC Resource Person: (over 40 )
Invited Lectures (1989-1993)
.Ph.D. Theses Examiner: many universities, including
Sits on Selection Committee (Teaching positions):
ParishkarCollegeof Global Excellence, Jaipur
Banasthali Vidyapeeth ( Deemed University), Jaipur
Also, invited as an expert to make selections for the position of Professor atPunjabUniversity,Chandigarh,India, and MD University, Rohtak, Haryana
Recent Papers Presented at National Conferences/Seminars:
Papers Presented at National Conferences ( 1988- 1999)
Asian Studies Centre,UniversityofRajasthan, Jaipur, 14-17 February
Conference on Non—violent and Peaceful World Order, Jain Vishva Bharati
Institute, Ladnun, 18-23 December 1995.
Moral Values in Profession, Jain Vishva Bharati institute (Deemed
University), Ladnun, 11-13 February 1996.
Seminar on Gandhi in Our Times, Centre for Gandhian Studies, University
of Rajasthan, 28-29 March 1997.
Cooperation inSouth Asia: Challenges and Opportunities, ” Global Peace
and Development Research Institute, Jaipur,29 November 1997.
Political Elites and Crisis of Governance inSouth Asia,South AsiaStudies
Centre,UniversityofRajasthan, Jaipur, 22-23, December 1997.
on Post-Cold War Developments in international Relations, Jai Narayan Vyas
University,Jodhpur, Department of Political Science, 19-21 March 1999
Member of Professional Bodies:
International Political Science Association (IPSA);Association of Asia-Pacific Research Association(AAPRA), Association of Third World Studies ( sponsored life membership ,Americus, Georgia, U.S.A.); International Peace Research Association(IPRA); International Congress of Psychology; International Association of Historians in Asia; Indian Political Science Association; Indian Congress of Defence Studies etc.
Professional Activities (Miscellaneous)
Rajasthan, Jaipur,4 December 1997.
and Opportunities, Global Peace and Development Research Institute, Jaipur,
28 November 1997
of Rajasthan, Jaipur
.Selected Book reviews done by me (BM Jain) in international journals:
Reviews of My (BM Jain's) books in Peer-reviewed international journals:
Journal of International Affairs (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs); Asian Affairs (London : Royal Society of Asian affairs); Orbis (Philadelphia); Journal of Third World Studies (Americus, Georgia, USA); The Round Table(London); Pacific Affairs (British Columbia, Canada); Journal of Developing Areas (Ohio, USA); Journal of Asian Studies (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA); Choice Magazine (USA) , Contemporary Review (Oxford, UK), The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs( London: Taylor & Francis), Entlungspolitik(Austria), Span(American Magazine, US Information Centre, New Delhi), and various national dailies.
Sample Citations of My (BM Jain's) Research Works/books/articles in:
-------- ,South Asian Security, Robert Stewart-Ingersoll and Derrick Frazier.–0 “India as a Regional Power: Identifying the Impact of Roles and Foreign Policy Orientation on the South Asian Security Order”, Asian Security,(Routledge,London) vol. 6, no. 1, 2010, cited in the above article at endnote 27
--------, South Asia, India and US cited in Amit K. Chhabra, “Breakthrough or Breakdown? U.S.-Pakistan Military Alliance of 1954”, Foreign Policy Journal, 22 November 2011, at endnotes numbers 8-10,54-55, 65,70-71, 73,77, 81-85, 90,111-116, 128,156 . see Indiahttp://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/11/22/breakthrough-or-breakdown-u-s-pakistan-military-alliance-of-1954/6/,
n Global Power: India’s Foreign Policy, in Department of the Air Force ,“Power and Influence: Global Dynamics in the 21st Century, Special Bibliography Series, Number 112, USAF Academy, Colorado, USA,Oct. 2011 http://www.usafa.edu/df/dfps/Programs/Assembly/papers/53rd_Academy_Assembly_Bibliography.pdf
Books/Articles in Course Syllabi (Essential/Recommended Readings): many universities in USA, Europe and Asia including Sophia University (Japan); Kobenhavns University (Denmark); Special Operation Command Pacific (SOCPAC), USA; Department of Air Force, US Air Force Academy; University of New South Wales, Australia, and Sikkim University, India; Sciences Po College Europe-Asia Programme; Le Havre, Paris; San Francisco State University, California; SUNY at Binghamton, NY; University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; MD University, Rohtak; MDS University, Ajmer; Punjab University ,Chandigarh, India.
“..The book will be useful to public policy makers and strategic analysts as well as to the academic and student community engaged in the study ofIndiaandSouth Asia.”
Reviewed by Alex Ninian, Contemporary Review (U.K.),September 1, 2011.
“ All those interested in the sifting complex and potentially dangerous politics of South Asiawould benefit from these two books. …For Jain, ‘congenital antagonism’ (xvii) can be explained in terms of the concept of ‘geopsychology’ …both books providing interesting empirical insights into the politics of the region”.
Reviewed by Anand Menon, Professor of West European Politics at the University of Birmingham, U.K., in The International Spectator, Vol. 46, No.2, June 2011, pp.143-146.
This is a very timely publication when the risk of nuclear war betweenIndiaandPakistanare causing a great concern not only in the South Asian region but also to the neighbouring countries and to the nuclear weapons states.
As a South Asian specialist, Dr. Jain has an impeccable grasp of the region's society, culture, politics, foreign and defence affairs. This reflects from the book under review, making it refreshingly readable.
The psycho-cultural thesis developed by Professor Jain's is a contribution which will rank among the works of eminent political scientist such as Robert Jervis(Perception and Misperception), George F. Kennan(The Nuclear Delusion), Herman Kahn(Thinking About the Unthinkable),and John Steinburner, Beyond Rational(in Knorr , ed., 1983). However, I strongly feel that there is an ample scope for further research by scholars and policy analysts to work more vigourously on hypotheses and questions raised by the author of the book under review.
Journal of Third World Studies (Americus,Georgia,USA), Vol. XIII, No.1, spring 1996, pp. 262-264
“The author eruditely elucidates that according to this approach (alternative approach), psychological perceptions of the public, both in India and Pakistan, on nuclear and defence issues, can be channelised into influencing widely prevalent perceptions, beliefs, and images- self, national and international ones- of ruling leaders….”Further it is very rightly pointed out that the crux of the problem of confidence building, especially between India and Pakistan,” is the crisis of the good governance which ultimately is the real crisis of the South Asian region".
This book has, indeed, endeavoured to offer a new paradigm to comprehend a complex concern about nuclear politics. It is a well-structured book with sufficient theoretical analysis of various aspects of nuclear politics inSouth Asia. It provides immense statistical information in the Appendices which can be very useful in empirical research. Nuclear Politics inSouth Asia: In Search of an Alternate Paradigm can be used both as a very good reference book as well as for an interesting reading on new thinking.
Administrative Change: A journal on Political and Administrative Development
Vol. XXIV, No.1, July- December 1996, pp.92-96
Opinions on my (BM Jain's) book titled Nuclear Politics in South Asia
“The psycho-cultural paradigm enunciated by you( BM Jain) is indeed a new approach to the vexed problem of nuclear arms race.”--- General S. Roychowdhury, 31 May 1995
“Eve if it ( Nuclear Politics in South Asia) is more than ten years old, its conclusions are still valuable, may be even more so after the end of the Cold War which leaves more room, possibilities and dangers for local disturbances and open rivalries.”------- Prof. Werner Ruf,University ofGesamthachschule,Kassel, 20 .8. 1996
India's Defence and Security: Intra-Regional Dimension. By B.M. Jain INA Shree Publishers, Jaipur, 1998,pp. 197. Bibliog. Index. Rs.400 HB ISBN 81 8665 3 22 8
In eight well-knit chapters, Professor B.M. Jain of theUniversityofRajasthanoffers broad -ranging perspectives on Indian security planning, with the goal of exposing the inherent weaknesses in Indian domestic and external policies and more importantly in its strategic planning. His ultimate objective is to demonstrate the theoretical security paradigms which recent Indian leaders have relied upon has been week. Jain's thesis is that there should be an atmosphere of” mutual understanding and accommodation” in any bilateral diplomacy.
The author has brought forward several hypotheses in order to build up a coherent thesis thatIndiahas been unprepared for a vital role in the South Asian region. ……..
Second, Jain offers suggestions that take into consideration related domestic factors. He correctly notes thatIndia, culturally heterogeneous, divided vertically into mutually exclusive regions and linguistic cultures, and horizontally into mutually exclusive caste systems, has to redefine the meaning of security…. Likewise, with respect to less powerful neighbours,Indiaahs a great responsibility to demonstrate that she is not for regional “hegemonism”(p.132). Indian aid to South Asian nations has generally declined, and this is not a good sign(p.57), Jain contends.
Third, like many other diplomatic historians, Jain notes the flaw in Indo- Pakistani diplomatic exchanges over disputedKashmir. His prescription is that the leaders in both countries should “bring changes in their fixed mindsets through the citizen politics and cultural diplomacy”(p. 163)
Jain's scholarship is strong and his arguments lucid. His book should add meaningfully to the vast existing literature onIndia's security pattern and dilemma.
Asian Affairs, London: Royal Asiatic Society, February 1999,pp.96-97
Jain, India's Defence and Security: Intra-regional Dimension: JaipurIna Shree , 1998
THE COLLAPSE of theSoviet Unionand the end of the cold war provide unprecedented opportunities forIndia's policy makers to reassess its international orientation and to manoeuvre itself into a dominant regional position in the new geopolitical environment. B.M. Jain's book deals with all the recent challenges within its eight chapters. The author analyses and offers a coherent synthesis of research findings, leading to an explanation ofIndia's old security and defence doctrines. The book is exclusively devoted to the intra-regional dilemma and evolving regional security and strategic problems within the paradigm of the social, cultural and psychological dimensions of each of the South Asian states.
Jain explains the multidimensionality of the security issue, in its internal and external dimensions, in order to offer a critique of the options for strengtheningIndia's defence and security at global, regional and domestic levels. The author examines the strategic interests ofIndia's defence planners to gain diplomatic and economic advantages from its nuclear devices (May 1998) whichIndiaperceives as an essential prerequisite for great power status. Jain describesIndiaas a dominant country ofSouth Asia, whose superiority in economic and conventional power as compared to other South Asian countries has given it regional supremacy. Jain's study also constitutes something akin to the ultimate comprehensive review of Nehruvian faint idealistic diplomacy and argues that” national security” must be determined by pragmatic considerations rather than by moral pretensions.
Jain further indicates thatIndia' diversity is the main cause of domestic insecurity. The country is culturally and linguistically heterogeneous, and its society is divided vertically into mutually exclusive regions and horizontally into mutually exclusive castes. It therefore has to redefine the meaning of security. The author is unabashedly unclear about the Indian perception of security and raises the question of “security for whom?” Jain acknowledges thatIndiashould establish defence ties with the ASEAN countries, particularly withMalaysiaandSingapore. He also provides an insightful perspective on India's relations with its neighbours (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), which have usually been less than enviable, and indicates to Indian policy makers that India as a regional power has a great responsibility to convince its neighbours that it has no hegemonic ambitions in the region.
Nevertheless, the book is written in an insightful and analytical manner, reflecting the author's depth of study. This volume deals with extremely difficult subject matter, providing frank appraisals of various issues while omitting gratuitous details. The book as a whole is immensely readable and well organized.
University of Hull,United Kingdom, A.Z. HILALI
Pacific Affairs, Vol.72, No. 3, Fall 1999, pp. 449-450
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