Modi’s World, a collection of newspaper articles by veteran journalist C. Raja Mohan, traces how Modi’s foreign policy has compared with that of his predecessor and how it evolved during his first nine months in power. Raj Verma finds the book an easy read with great journalistic flair, but notes that this does come at the price of academic […]
Author Response: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma
Earlier this month Ian Taylor reviewed India and China in Africa, a new book about Asian engagement in the West African oil industry. Here, the book’s author Raj Verma responds to Taylor’s comments, outlining the rationale and evidence for the framework used in the study.
India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry. Raj Verma. London: […]
Book Review: Handbook of Indian Defence Policy: Themes, structures and doctrines edited by Harsh Pant
The Handbook of Indian Defence Policy aims to provide an authoritative, compelling and comprehensive survey of India’s defence policy since it gained its independence in 1947. Raj Verma finds it an essential read for students, scholars and especially policymakers interested in the external and internal security challenges facing India, the numerous problems and limitations which might stymie India’s rise […]
Book Review: Heading East: Security, Trade and Environment between India and Southeast Asia edited by Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly
In Heading East, editors Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly explore and evaluate India’s relations and political, economic, diplomatic and security relations and engagement with Southeast Asia from 1991-2015. Raj Verma finds the book a valuable read for academics and non-academics who want to familiarise themselves with India’s engagement in the region and the influence of interest groups, non-state […]
As India becomes an increasingly important player on the global stage scholars have picked over different facets of India’s foreign policy in order to understand past priorities and predict future aspirations. Raj Verma assesses two new studies published this year and their contributions to the growing literature in this area.
Indian Foreign Policy: An Overview. Harsh V. Pant. Manchester University […]
Kashmir has been a thorn in the side of Indo-Pakistani relations since partition and remains a highly contentious issue today. In Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century, political scientist Sumit Ganguly traces the conflict from its inception to the fallout from terrorist attacks in the 2000s. Raj Verma writes that the book is an […]
The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy edited by David M. Malone, C. Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghavan
In The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy, editors David M. Malone, C. Raja Mohan, and Srinath Raghavan aim to offer an authoritative and up-to-date survey of foreign policy in India since 1947. Raj Verma writes that, despite some limitations, the book is an essential read for students at all levels and scholars who want to familiarise themselves with India’s […]
Book Review: Beyond South Asia: India’s strategic evolution and the reintegration of the subcontinent by Neil Padukone
In Beyond South Asia: India’s strategic evolution and the reintegration of the subcontinent, Neil Padukone explores India’s strategic thought an culture since independence, and the domestic and regional factors that have shaped it. Raj Verma writes that, while the book is an easy and accessible read, it suffers from some major and some minor errors which undermine its analytical […]
Raj Verma discusses the key challenges that threaten to South Asian stability in 2016, from tensions between India and Pakistan, India’s “unofficial blockade” of Nepal, Afghan instability and the renewed rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the region.
The South Asia sub-continent is dominated by India, the regional hegemon. As a result, most of the foreign policy challenges faced by South Asia […]
In the second part of this 2-part blog, Raj Verma looks beyond South Asia to assess foreign policy opportunities and challenges with key players on the international stage.
Click here for part 1 of this blog, which considers India’s evolving relationship with its South Asian neighbours.
In 2015, there is lot of continuity in India’s foreign policy challenges. India has renewed […]