India’s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World
Muchkund Dubey
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India’s Foreign Policy: Principles, Challenges and Strategies  traces the values and principles that have shaped India’s foreign policy and its evolution starting from the Non-Aligned Movement, up to the end of the Cold War; decline of multilateralism and the nation state; and the challenges of globalization.

This updated edition includes a new chapter on Pakistan. It examines the complexities in India–Pakistan relations and in that context discusses Pakistan’s polity, society, economy and the overall thrust of its foreign policy. It also advances compelling arguments for improving relations with Pakistan and discusses various approaches towards achieving this purpose including resumption of dialogue and solving outstanding bilateral problems. It further outlines a blueprint for economic cooperation.

The book has a separate chapter on how to deal with our neighbours—Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Bhutan. it presents a comprehensive analysis of India’s economic relations with Bangladesh. It discusses in detail the recent initiatives for improving Indo-Bangladesh cooperation.

This volume further looks at India’s relations with world powers like the United States (US), Russia, China and Japan, the diversity and dimensions acquired by the Indo-US strategic partnership, the long-term vision of Indo-Russian collaboration in the realm of nuclear energy and India’s response to Chinese initiatives that have the potential of bringing about changes in the world order.

The book also analyses and suggests appropriate strategies for meeting the challenges of other recent developments having far-reaching consequences for India in the coming years. These include China’s rise as a global power, the shift of economic power balance from the US and Europe to Asia, the Indo-US nuclear deal, emergence of a new generation of regional and inter-regional economic groupings, and the role of the Indian diaspora in influencing India’s development and foreign policy.

This volume, with its insightful and informed analysis from a renowned expert in and practitioner of India’s foreign policy, will be indispensable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of foreign policy, international relations and political science It will also be useful for government bodies and policy think tanks.

Muchkund Dubey started his career as a lecturer in economics, and later joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in which he served as the High Commissioner of India for Bangladesh and the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Geneva. He retired from the IFS after serving as the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India and then joined the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor where he taught for close to eight years. He was conferred a DLitt degree (Honoris Causa) by the University of Calcutta in 2014. 

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1. India’s Foreign Policy: Underlying Principles, Strategies and Challenges Ahead
2. Dealing with Neighbours
3. Democracy and Governance in Bangladesh
4. Indo-Bangladesh Economic Relations
5. Pakistan and Indo-Pak Relations
6. Indo-US Relations
7. The Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal
8. Indo-(Soviet) Russian Relations
9. India and China: An Uneasy but Critically Important Relationship
10. The United Nations as a Foreign Policy Arena for India and China
11. China’s Tryst with Globalization
12. Perspectives of India and Japan on Disarmament and Security Issues
13. India and the Indian Diaspora: Changing Salience

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