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Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy

by Rajiv Sikri SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
06/2013
ISBN:
9788132113676
Format:
Pbk 344 pages
Price:
AU$42.99 NZ$46.08
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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The book examines India and rsquo;s current and looming foreign policy challenges from a strategic and policy-oriented perspective. It analyzes the long-term factors and trends that should determine the country and rsquo;s foreign policy formulation. The author urges a reappraisal of India and rsquo;s approach if it is to become a major player in the complex and rapidly evolving 21st century world. Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India and rsquo;s Foreign Policy focuses on India and rsquo;s immediate and strategic neighbourhood. It also looks at important issues like energy security, economic diplomacy, the interaction between defence and diplomacy, and foreign policy institutions. A unique feature of the book is that it combines the perspectives of a historian, a diplomat and a scholar. With many new out-of-the-box ideas and policy suggestions, it makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on foreign policy within India and rsquo;s strategic community.This lucid and succinct book is a must-read for policy-makers, diplomats and foreign policy analysts. The corporate and business community too will find it professionally relevant. It is also an important knowledge resource for students of Indian politics, international relations, and defence and strategic studies, and others who are interested in India and rsquo;s foreign policy.

Foreword Chinmaya R Gharekhan
Preface
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?
Index

The book under review is a good exposition of India and rsquo;s foreign policy and its evolution in terms of political, economic and strategic depth and hellip;It is beautifully structured in thematic forms in dealing with India and rsquo;s relations with individual countries. Important issues such as energy security, economic diplomacy, defence and diplomacy and India and rsquo;s strategic choices are given separate treatment and hellip;.The bibliography listed at the end of the book is impressive. In terms of production, compliments are due to SAGE. The language used in the book is devoid of jargon and makes for lucid reading. The book will be a valuable addition to knowledge. India Quarterly Rajiv Sikri and rsquo;s book on Indian foreign policy is a comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of the challenges facing Indian foreign policy and hellip;The strongest part of the book is the author and rsquo;s analysis of India and rsquo;s relationships with different countries, particularly the constraints that New Delhi faces in pursuing these relationships and in the lost opportunities to develop new paradigms and hellip;Sikri and rsquo;s coverage of different countries, regions, and issues makes the book a valuable text book for someone seeking to understand the compulsions of Indian foreign policy and hellip;. well researched, well written, and persuasively argued. Peace and Conflict Studies With many out-of-the-box ideas and policy suggestions, the book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on foreign policy with India as the strategic country and hellip;the book can serve as an important source material for students of Indian politics, international relations and defence and strategic studies and for others interested in India and rsquo;s foreign policy. The Organiser The book and hellip;issues a clarion call to and ldquo;Rethink and rdquo; our country and rsquo;s foreign policy and hellip;. Sikri and rsquo;s spirited analysis is a welcome addition to the growing literature on our foreign policy and relations. Coming from someone so closely and intimately involved with the making and implementation of our country and rsquo;s foreign policy for long years and especially someone who quit the sanctuary in protest, the book is particularly enlightening to those who are familiar with the scene. Freedom First Sikri and rsquo;s book is a reminder of what has gone wrong with India and rsquo;s foreign policy as well as what needs to be set right at the level of the MEA and other policymaking institutions in the country. The book is written lucidly and should be essential reading for those interested in understanding the current foreign policy of India. Frontline By any standards, this book is indeed a valuable addition to the many books on the basics, the evolution and the myriads nuances of India and rsquo;s foreign policy since independence and hellip;. Written in excellent prose, this book is a must-read for the strategic community both inside and outside the government. USI Journals Sikri presents us with a lucid and analytical narrative on India and rsquo;s foreign policy. It is deeply reflective study which lays emphasis on and lsquo;should and rsquo; and and lsquo;must and rsquo; of the policy than it and rsquo;s and lsquo;what and why aspects. It will be welcomed both by the policy-makers and analysts of the subject. Mainstream A pleasant read and hellip;Rajiv Sikri and rsquo;s Challenge and Strategy serve as a very useful guide for and hellip;people interested in gong deeper into India and rsquo;s foreign policy challenges today and hellip; provides an interesting insight into what is going on in India and rsquo;s neighbourhood and beyond. He gives meaningful ideas about how India should conduct itself for successfully safeguarding the country and rsquo;s interests. The Tribune Rajiv Sikri has written a very fine survey of India and rsquo;s current relations with the outside world, peppered throughout with critique and counsel and hellip;.a searching volume which expertly combines thoroughness and vision. Asian Affairs Rajiv Sikri and rsquo;s book provides an interesting addition to the existing literature. Written by a retired diplomat who spent close to four decades in India and rsquo;s Ministry of External Affairs, the book is a and hellip;comprehensive account of India and rsquo;s foreign policy debates and hellip;. well worth reading. The International Spectator The most comprehensive account and hellip;Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India and rsquo;s Foreign Policy is the best statement of the latter-day Nehruvian approach. Sikri and rsquo;s intellectual framework and recommendations combine recognition of India and rsquo;s contemporary economic growth with a more Nehruvian drive to position India as a balancing factor to the United States. Survival 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. Asia Times online
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.