DescriptionIndia is becoming an increasingly visible, powerful and influential state within the global system. As this rise to prominence continues, better appreciating the interests and principles that structure the international interactions of South Asia’s largest state has never been so important. Keen to embrace an expectant future as a great power, India’s transitional journey has been characterised by astounding diplomatic achievements and significant strategic failures.
In this robust and comprehensive analysis, Chris Ogden introduces students to the key dimensions of Indian foreign policy from her emergence as a modern state in 1947 to the present day. Combining theoretical insight with numerous case studies and profiles, he examines the foreign policy making process, strategic thinking, the crucial search for economic growth, and India’s difficult regional position and troubled borders. Tracking the trajectory of one of the 21st century’s major Asian and global powers, later chapters focus on New Delhi’s multilateral interaction, great power dynamics, and expanding relations with the United States and the world.
Critically assessing what kind of great power India can and wants to be, this wide-ranging introduction will be an invaluable text for students of South Asian politics, foreign policy, and international relations.
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables, Figures, Profiles and Cases Studies
Overview, Principles and Themes
Chapter 1 Makers of Foreign Policy
Chapter 2 Strategic Thinking, the Military and Nuclear Affairs
Chapter 3 India’s Economic Transition
Chapter 4 South Asia’s (Natural) Hegemon
Chapter 5 Regionalism and Multilateralism
Chapter 6 Great Power Dynamics
Chapter 7 Relations with the United States
Chapter 8 India and the World
Conclusion: India Emergent
Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University
"Using four central themes as key to understanding the motivations of Indian elites in the realm of foreign policy, this lucid book provides a coherent narrative about the potential and challenges that confront India as it makes its way up the global interstate hierarchy. It is an important contribution not only to the study of Indian foreign policy but also to the way in which the subject is taught."
Harsh V. Pant, King's College London
"This is a valuable and much needed textbook that offers students of foreign policy an intelligent and balanced introduction to where India has been and where it might be going. It is up to date and contains helpful charts, tables, illustrations, maps and questions. It will prove a great aid in the classroom."
Rahul Sagar, Princeton University
"This book is bound to become the new standard textbook on foreign policy."
Political Studies Review
"This book is arguably the best introduction to Indian foreign policy available for readers today."
Pacific Affairs Review