1st Edition

The Interface of Domestic and International Factors in India’s Foreign Policy

ISBN 9780367641320
Published March 30, 2021 by Routledge
310 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the interplay of internal and external constraints, challenges and possibilities regarding foreign policy in India.

It is the first attempt to systematically analyse and focus on the different actors and institutions in the domestic and international contexts who impose and push for various directions in India’s foreign policy. Rather than focusing on any one particular theme, the book explores the myriad aspects of foreign policymaking and the close interface between the domestic and external aspects in Indian policymaking. In turn, this relates to the structural issues shaping and reshaping the Asian regional dynamics and India’s connectivity within a globalized world.

This book will be of great interest to postgraduate students; scholars of Asian Studies, development, and political science and international relations; and all those involved in policy – especially foreign policy – within India and South Asia. It will also be useful for people working in professional branches of consultancy and the private sector dealing with India and with South Asia in general.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Interface of Domestic and International Factors in India’s Foreign Policy: Introducing the Issues

Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt and Shantanu Chakrabarti

Part I: The Evolution of Reactive and Proactive Foreign Policy

Chapter 2. The Struggle Between Political Idealism and Policy Realism: The Making of India’s Nuclear Policy

A. Vinod Kumar

Chapter 3. India’s Foreign Policy and Domestic Compulsions: Theorizing the Margins of Exclusion


Chapter 4. India’s Foreign Aid Policy: Aid Recipient and Aid Donor

Jørgen Dige Pedersen

Part II: Global Ambitions, Internal and Regional Constraints

Chapter 5. Status of Malaysian-Indians in Malaysian Social Matrix: Reconciling the Juxtaposition of Foreign Policy and Coalition Politics in India

Tridib Chakraborti

Chapter 6. Towards an Eastern South Asian Community: Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation as a Viable Foreign Policy Initiative

Riddhi Bhattacharya

Chapter 7. The Elephant and the Panda – India and China: Global Allies and Regional Competitors

Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt

Part III: Identity, Migration and Structural Dimensions

Chapter 8. Party Politics and its Influence over Foreign Policymaking in India

Aleksandra Jaskólska

Chapter 9. Differentiated Citizenship: Multiculturalism, Secularism and Indian Foreign Policy

Catarina Kinnvall and Ted Svensson

Chapter 10. From Periphery to the Centre: Subnationalism and Federal Foreign Policies within a State Nation

Shantanu Chakrabarti and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt

Part IV: Looking In – Outside Out: Northeast of India Related to India's Foreign Policymaking

Chapter 11. Manipur Dynamics in India’s Myanmar Policy: Politico-Economic Perspective

Langpoklakpam Suraj Singh

Chapter 12. Thinking, Looking and Acting: Beyond East and Southeast to the ‘Other Asia’


Chapter 13. Federalization of Indian Foreign Policy: Recent Trends

Sreya Maitra and Shibashis Chatterjee

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Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is also a Senior Expert at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) at Copenhagen University, Denmark, and Senior Research Associate at the Global Policy Institute (GPI) in London, UK.

Shantanu Chakrabarti is Professor in the Department of History and Convenor of the Academic Committee at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies at the University of Calcutta, India.