Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy
Oxford University Press 2011
Posted: 15 Oct 2019
Date Written: 2011
This book surveys key features of contemporary Indian foreign policy. The text identifies relevant aspects of Indian history, examines the role of domestic politics and internal and external security challenges, and of domestic and international economic factors. It analyzes the specifics of India’s policy within its South Asian neighborhood, and with respect to China, the USA, West Asia, East Asia, Europe, and Russia as well as multilateral diplomacy. The book also touches on Indian ties to Africa and Latin America, and the Caribbean. India’s ‘soft power’, the role of migration in its policy, and other cross-cutting issues are analyzed, as is the role and approach of several categories of foreign policy actors in India. Substantive conclusions touch on policies India may want or need to adjust in its quest for international stature.
Keywords: Contemporary India, Indian Foreign Policy, Indian History, Soft Power, Policy Actors, India
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