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Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy

by Rajiv Sikri SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 344 pages
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This book examines in detail India's foreign policy issues from an overarching strategic and policy perspective. It deals with trends rather than events, regions rather than individual countries, and underlying long-term factors rather than minute details.

Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario. India's foreign policy challenges are explained in detail with regard to its immediate and strategic neighbourhood namely South Asia, Tibet and China, ASEAN and East Asia, the Arab world, Iran and Israel and Central Asia and the Indian Ocean. The country's foreign policy related to Russia and the United States is also discussed in detail.

A unique feature of the book is that it combines the perspectives of a historian, a diplomat and a scholar. The author has put forward many new out-of-the-box ideas and policy suggestions.

This book is a must read for foreign policy professionals, diplomats, foreign policy institutes, policy makers and foreign policy analysts. It is also an important knowledge resource for the students of Indian politics, international relations, and defence and strategic studies, and for Indian civil services aspirants

Foreword Chinmaya R Gharekhan
The 21st Century World
India and South Asia
Pakistan and Afghanistan
Bangladesh, Myanmar and Northeast Region
Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan
Tibet and China
'Look East' Policy
Persian Gulf, Palestine and Israel
Russia and Eurasia
United States and Nuclear Issues
Energy Security
Economic Diplomacy
Defence and Diplomacy
Traditions and Institutions
India's Strategic Choices
India Rising?

This book is in the tradition of strategic thought that values freedom of diplomatic action and exhorts self-belief so that India does not become anyone's valet.
Rajiv Sikri was a career diplomat for more than 36 years with the Indian Foreign Service. He retired in 2006 as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. In this capacity he had overall responsibility for Indiaas relations with East Asia, ASEAN, Pacifi c region, the Arab world, Israel, Iran and Central Asia. Earlier he was Special Secretary for Economic Relations supervising foreign economic relations, including Indiaas external technical and economic assistance programmes. He has served as Indiaas Ambassador to Kazakhstan, and headed the Departments dealing with West Europe as well as the Soviet Union and East Europe in the Ministry of External Affairs. His other diplomatic assignments abroad include Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris, Political Counsellor in Moscow, Deputy Consul General and Commercial Consul in New York, and Political First Secretary in Kathmandu.