Book review: Dhanasree Jayaram, Climate Diplomacy and Emerging Economies: India as a Case Study

Published date01 April 2023
Date01 April 2023
Subject MatterBook Reviews
128 Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs 10(1)
strategic landscape is shaping in the region. The inclusion of ASEAN as an
important player in the region is also critical. However, the book could have
benefitted from inclusion of views on minilateralism in the Indian Ocean, given
the emerging strategic dynamics in the region, in the wider Indo-Pacific context,
as the Paris–Delhi–Canberra axis and the Colombo Security Conclave gain
currency. Nonetheless, this volume provides much food for thought on the
emergence of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific, as the multilateral approach of
cooperation increasingly faces critical challenges.
Sayantan Haldar
Sayantan Haldar
Department of International Relations,
South Asian University, New Delhi, India and
Indian Ocean Research Group
Dhanasree Jayaram, Climate Diplomacy and Emerging Economies:
India as a Case Study. Abington: Routledge, 2021, 154 pp. ISBN 978-0-
DOI: 10.1177/23477970231152034
Given the immensity of arguably the gravest challenges faced by the world, that
is, climate change, both developed as well as the developing countries acknowledge
the relevance of the international climate regime. Although the industrialised countries
are primarily responsible for climate change through their historical emissions, the
repercussions are being faced by everyone alike today. Importantly, the role of emerg-
ing economies in addressing climate change has gained momentum, especially since
2007. Hence, climate diplomacy, which is an ‘interface between national debates and
international cooperation’ (p. 3) is of utmost importance as leaders of various coun-
tries are willing to gather, discuss and agree upon certain climate action measures. In
this regard, Dhanasree Jayaram’s Climate Diplomacy and Emerging Economies is a
novel contribution on the perspectives of emerging economies on climate diplomacy.
The book comprises four chapters apart from the introduction and conclusion
chapters. In the introduction chapter, Jayaram establishes the relevance and con-
tours of climate diplomacy and the importance of emerging economies in the
international climate order. Furthermore, she explains the theoretical and method-
ological framework where she throws light on the approach of realist-constructivism
approach to climate diplomacy.
The author focuses on Brazil, South Africa, India and China (referred to collec-
tively as the BASIC countries) as the key emerging economies in the context of
the establishing an international climate order. Jayaram observes, ‘The shifts in
climate diplomacy positions of the emerging economies can be best analysed

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