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Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World

1st Edition

Edited by Harsh V. Pant

Routledge India

400 pages

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India's foreign policy, out of the structural confines of the Cold War strategic framework, has become more expansive in defining its priorities over the last few years. With the rise of its economic and military capabilities and strategic interests, India has shaped a diplomacy that is much more aggressive in the pursuit of those interests. Tracing the trajectory of India's foreign policy in the 21st century, this book examines the factors that have shaped the Indian response towards this emerging international security environment. Including a new Afterword, this updated volume looks at the major influences that have shaped India's foreign policy in recent years, in the context of its engagements with strategically important regions across the globe, and its relations with major global powers.

The volume will prove invaluable to those studying politics and international relations, diplomatic and political history, defence and military studies, and South Asian studies.


The rise of India has generated several scholarly works in recent years. Only a few are based on comprehensive theoretical foundations. This volume with its collection of theoretically-informed papers by leading South Asia scholars stands apart as it offers valuable insights on the emerging international order and India's place in it. It is a must read for those who want to understand the foreign policy trajectory of India and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

A fine set of essays on rising India's key foreign policy engagements and challenges, written by leading authors on the subject, arranged logically and systematically . . . Harsh Pant's handy volume is an excellent resource for teaching and research in the field.

Kanti Bajpai, Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction Harsh V. Pant.Part I. Major Themes in Indian Foreign Policy 2. India and the Global Balance of Power: A Neorealist Snapshot Devin T. Hagerty 3. India and the Emerging Non-Proliferation Order: The Second Nuclear Age C. Raja Mohan 4. India and the Challenge of Global Terrorism: The ‘Long War’ and Competing Domestic Visions Timothy D. Hoyt 5. India and Energy Security: A Foreign Policy Priority Manjeet S. Pardesi and Sumit Ganguly.Part II. India and Major Global Powers 6. India and the US: Embracing a New Paradigm C. Christine Fair 7. India and China: As China Rises, India Stirs Mohan Malik 8. India and Russia: Renewing the Relationship Deepa M. Ollapally 9. India and the EU: A Long Road Ahead Fraser Cameron.Part III. India’s Regional Policy 10. India and South Asia: Towards a Benign Hegemony Stephen F. Burgess 11. India and the Middle East: A Re-Assessment of Priorities? Harsh V. Pant 12. India and Central Asia: Part of the New Great Game Stephen Blank 13. India and East Asia: A Region ‘Rediscovered’ Manish Dabhade. Afterword. Bibliography. Notes on Contributors. Index

About the Editor

Harsh V. Pant is Reader in International Relations at the Department of Defence Studies, King's College, London, and Associate with the King's Centre for Science and Security, London.

About the Series

War and International Politics in South Asia

This Series seeks to foster original and rigorous scholarship on the dynamics of war and international politics in South Asia. Following Clausewitz, war is understood as both a political and a social phenomenon which manifests itself in a variety of forms ranging from total wars to armed insurrections. International politics is closely intertwined with it, for war not only plays an important role in the formation of an international order but also a threat to its continued existence. The Series will therefore focus on the international as well as domestic dimensions of war and security in South Asia. Comparative studies with other geographical areas are also of interest.

A fundamental premise of this Series is that we cannot do justice to the complexities of war by studying it from any single, privileged academic standpoint; the phenomenon is best explained in a multidisciplinary framework. The Series welcomes a wide array of approaches, paradigms and methodologies, and is interested in historical, theoretical, and policy-oriented scholarship. In addition to monographs, the Series will from time to time publish collections of essays.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General