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This book explores the emergence and assertion of Africa as a significant actor and stakeholder in global affairs and the transformation of the India–Africa relationship.
Beginning from this strategic perspective, the book presents an in-depth exploration of India–Africa partnership in all its critical dimensions. It delineates the historical backdrop and shared colonial past to focus on and contextualise the evolution of the India–Africa engagement in the first two decades of the 21st century. The book scrutinises the unfolding international competition in Africa in depth, which includes global actors such as the EU, US, and Japan, among others, focusing especially on China's growing influence in the region. Further, it dissects objectively the continental, regional and bilateral facets of India–Africa relations and offers a roadmap to strengthen and deepen the relationship in the coming decade.
This volume will be very useful for students and researchers working in the field of international relations, foreign policy, governance, geopolitics, and diplomacy.
Table of Contents
List of tables. List of maps. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. List of abbreviations. Prologue. Introduction 1. Africa in transition 2. Africa, dancing with global actors 3. India-Africa relations – rear mirror view 4. India-Africa engagement (1989-2007) 5. India-Africa engagement (2008-2020) 6. Continental dimensions 7. Regional facets 8. Bilateral aspects 9. Socio-cultural and people-related bonds 10. Fourth summit – a critical assessment 11. Future Directions. Epilogue. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.
Rajiv Bhatia is Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House. He served as India's High Commissioner to Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho, and as Ambassador to Myanmar and Mexico. He was Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) from 2012–15 and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) from 2011–13. He is an illustrious scholar-diplomat, an active figure in India's strategic community, and a prolific commentator on foreign policy. His previous two books, India in Global Affairs: Perspectives from Sapru House (2015) and India-Myanmar Relations: Changing contours (2016) drew critical acclaim.