US-Japan-India (USINJA) alliance has an enormous potential as a global public good in the emerging ‘new Asian era’. The potential political value of this alliance of three large democracies has been growing enormously as the geopolitical center of gravity has been shifting surely and steadily towards the East. However what remains undervalued is its true economic potential. How much of USINJA’s economic potential will unravel itself in the coming years depends on various evolving factors. They include the ability of business enterprises and social/cultural organizations in these three countries to harness their resource complementarities and develop human and capital resources as well as value added outputs for the benefit of their peoples. The basic motivation of our proposed research comes from the idea that stable and sustainable business alliances and the consequent longer term development of human and capital resources in these three large democracies undergird the stability and sustainability of USINJA, a critically important global public good.
The bedrock of any sustainable alliance is mutual understanding of the legitimate needs of each partner in the alliance. A long-term relationship based on trust and reciprocity is founded upon this understanding and respect for the legitimacy of the needs/objectives of all partners. Legitimate needs and objectives of partners may change over time. It is therefore often difficult for businesses and social/cultural groups to respond appropriately to such changes due to inertia attributable to old knowledge and inadequate comprehension of the evolving social, political and economic order in respective countries. For example, it may be difficult for a Japanese enterprise to respond to changes in, say, business/ institutional milieu in USA if the Japanese enterprise is not in a position to comprehend how the underlying social, cultural and political dynamics are driving such changes. Unconstrained exchange of knowledge about these dynamics is the key to providing stable and sustainable foundation to the alliance. The raison d’être of the workshop is to gather scholars who are ready to share their thoughts, ideas and knowledge about such dynamics. The USJI sponsored research is expected to throw light on how to promote business alliances and social/cultural exchanges across these three large democracies.
The objective of this research is three-fold: i) to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas about the evolving social, political, cultural and economic milieus in these three countries; ii) to deliberate on how to promote business alliances/cultural exchanges under USINJA having regard to the changing political and economic milieus in these three countries; and iii) how such alliances and exchanges can foster development human and capital resources for the benefit of vulnerable populations not only in these three countries but also across the world.