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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on South Asian Foreign Policy

Edited By

Aparna Pande

ISBN 9780367150686
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge
452 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of South Asian foreign policy, examining the complex history and present state of South Asian foreign policy, the foreign policy of the countries of the region, as well as their relationships with their neighbors and key external players, such as China and the United States, in an effort to understand South Asia’s place in the world order. It illustrates the future trajectory of foreign policy in the region and analyses future of regional arrangements like SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) and BIMSTEC.

The handbook is structured in five parts, each representing a focused area of enquiry:

  • Foreign Policy
  • Relations within South Asia
  • Relations within Indo-Pacific
  • Relations with China, Europe and the United States
  • Security

A carefully selected collection of 26 chapters written by experts on South Asian foreign, economic, and security policy, this handbook provides an objective yet accessible overview of the history and current state of foreign policy of each country and the region. It is an authoritative reference work for academics and students as well as international think tanks, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations working on South Asian Politics, Asian Politics, Foreign Politics, International Affairs, World History, and International Relations.

Table of Contents


Aparna Pande, Raj Dhage, and Ojus Jain

Part I Foreign Policy

1. India’s Foreign Policy Realignments

Dhruva Jaishankar

2. Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Waqas Waheed

3. Sleepwalking into a Great Power Rivalry: The Evolution of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy in the 21st century

Ranga Jayasuriya

4. Nepal’s Foreign Policy since 1950s

Prem Khanal

5. The History of British, Soviets and U.S. Invasions and the Afghan Response

Kanishka Nawabi

Part II Relations within South Asia

6. India’s South Asia Policy: Shifts and Continuities

Harsh V. Pant

7. The Changing Landscape of India-Pakistan-Afghanistan Relationship

Vinay Kaura

8. The Kashmir Matrix: Strategy/Policy Formulation in India and Pakistan

Priyanka Singh

9. India-Afghanistan Relations: Pragmatism towards Political Normalization

Prakhar Sharma

10. Nepal-Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives Relations

Apekshya Shah

11. Transformation of India and Bangladesh Relations and Challenges Ahead

Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

Part III Relations within Indo-Pacific

12. BIMSTEC-India’s Emerging Foreign Policy Fulcrum

Pinak Chakravarty

13. India’s Iran Policy: Civilisational Past, Complicated Present

Sumitha Narayanan Kutty

14. From Distant Relations to Close Partners: India’s Relations with Australia and New Zealand

Miguel Alejandro Hijar-Chiapa

15. Influence & Hedging: China’s Engagement in South Asia

Manoj Kewalramani & Shibani Mehta

16. Rapid Development of India-Japan Cooperation: Its Chance and Challenges

Satoru Nagao

Part IV Relations with China, Europe and U.S.

17. The Transformation of the Indo/China Rivalry in the 21st Century: the Rise of the
Maritime Domain

Christopher Colley

18. Indian Strategic Policy Towards China

Manjeet S. Pardesi

19. China-Pakistan Relations: Understanding Strategic Dimensions

Shalini Chawla

20. Caught between the U.S. and China: Balancing in Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Filippo Boni

21. Bangladesh-China Relations in an Era of Globalization: Dynamics and Challenges

Delwar Hossain

22. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy, Past, Present and Future: Infrastructure Diplomacy and Contemporary Chinese Affairs

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

23. Nepal’s Relationship with the European Union

Girdhari Dahal

24. Nepal-US Relations: The Indo-Pacific and Evolving Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century World

Rohit Karki

Part V Security

25. Terrorism and Indian Foreign Policy

Manoj Joshi

26. Almost Parity: Understanding the India-Pakistan Conventional Military Balance

Arzan Tarapore

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Aparna Pande is Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, USA. She is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan (2017) and the author of Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy (Routledge 2011).