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    Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

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 […]

July 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Media, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan|
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    Author Response: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

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: […]

June 30th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Author Response: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma|
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    Book Review: Handbook of Indian Defence Policy: Themes, structures and doctrines edited by Harsh Pant

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 […]

January 6th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Handbook of Indian Defence Policy: Themes, structures and doctrines edited by Harsh Pant|
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    Book Review: Heading East: Security, Trade and Environment between India and Southeast Asia edited by Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly

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 […]

December 23rd, 2016|Book Reviews, Economy, Environment, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Heading East: Security, Trade and Environment between India and Southeast Asia edited by Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly|
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    The Long Read: 68 years of Indian foreign policy by Raj Verma

The Long Read: 68 years of Indian foreign policy by Raj Verma

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 […]

September 6th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on The Long Read: 68 years of Indian foreign policy by Raj Verma|
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    Book Review: Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century by Sumit Ganguly

Book Review: Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century by Sumit Ganguly

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 […]

August 25th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century by Sumit Ganguly|
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This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface.
The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. (Compare western Europe with China and India.) Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. Even without the underlying map, the outlines of many continents would still be visible. The United States interstate highway system appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian railroad is a thin line stretching from Moscow through the center of Asia to Vladivostok. The Nile River, from the Aswan Dam to the Mediterranean Sea, is another bright thread through an otherwise dark region.

Even more than 100 years after the invention of the electric light, some regions remain thinly populated and unlit. Antarctica is entirely dark. The interior jungles of Africa and South America are mostly dark, but lights are beginning to appear there. Deserts in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Mongolia, and the United States are poorly lit as well (except along the coast), along with the boreal forests of Canada and Russia, and the great mountains of the Himalaya.Gallery

    The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy edited by David M. Malone, C. Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghavan

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 […]

March 11th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured, History, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy edited by David M. Malone, C. Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghavan|
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    Book Review: Beyond South Asia: India’s strategic evolution and the reintegration of the subcontinent by Neil Padukone

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 […]

February 17th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Beyond South Asia: India’s strategic evolution and the reintegration of the subcontinent by Neil Padukone|

Top South Asian foreign policy challenges for 2016

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 […]

January 8th, 2016|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Top South Asian foreign policy challenges for 2016|
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    India’s foreign policy challenges in 2015: Great Powers and East Asia

India’s foreign policy challenges in 2015: Great Powers and East 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 […]

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