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Beyond Immediacy: India and America in the 21st Century

Rudra Chaudhuri

Rudra Chaudhuri

India and the U.S. share a relationship like none other, a relationship that can use matters of immediacy to energize and build the necessary confidence to disagree and argue those of international concern. This will require ambition and a sense for vision, but has the potential to draw India and the U.S. into a dialogue that will help shape a more constructive and balanced twenty-first century.

ChaudhuriRudhra Chaudhuri, Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies and the Indian Institute at King’s College London, is the author of this week’s India in Transition article, “Beyond Immediacy: India and America in the 21st Century.” In it, he discusses some key issues like Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), defense, and the Right to Protect (R2P) doctrine.

Chaudhuri is also the author of the recent book Forged in Crisis: India and the United States Since 1947. Follow him on Twitter.

 


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Continuity and change in India’s Middle East policy

Nicolas Blarel

Nicolas Blarel

Read last week’s India in Transition article, Continuity and change in India’s Middle East policy by Nicolas Blarel.

“In February 2014, India managed a rare diplomatic coup de force when it hosted, in the same week, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Foreign Minister of Iran, Javad Zarif. The timing of these visits is hardly fortuitous; over the past two decades, India has adroitly managed to develop relations with diverse Middle Eastern countries such as Israel, Palestine, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Some see this balancing act as indicative of a broader new approach to the region, defined as India’s “Look Middle East” Policy. Beyond the change in semantics – Indian diplomats had historically referred to the region as “West Asia” – it is equally argued that a new framework guides India’s policy. At the same time, Indian politicians and diplomats regularly remind us that India’s involvement in Middle East affairs is not a new development. Both of these assessments are partially correct. While the region has consistently been interpreted as a major component of India’s grand strategy, there has also been a clear shift away from India’s preference to engage with a select group of regional partners (“proxy” policy) to a “multi-engagement” strategy in the last two decades.” Continue reading…

The author, Nicolas Blarel, is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on American and Global Security. He is also the author of the forthcoming book The Evolution of India’s Israel Policy: Continuity, Change, and Compromise Since 1922 (Oxford University Press, September 2014). Follow him on Twitter.

 


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For a clear nuclear doctrine

CASI has been delighted to host Former Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad as a Visiting Scholar this spring. Read Mr. Prasad’s recent article in The Hindu, “For a clear nuclear doctrine”, on India’s nuclear policy and how it has transformed over the years.

Former Amb. Jayant Prasad

Former Amb. Jayant Prasad

“For India, nuclear deterrence is defensive and a means to secure its sovereignty and security. Its strategy of assured retaliation, combined with “no first use,” provides adequate guarantee for this purpose. The strategy was unveiled concurrently with its 1998 nuclear tests, which ended the determined U.S. bid to prevent India from acquiring nuclear deterrent. Ironically, India’s nuclear weapons tests, together with the rapid expansion of its economy, transformed its global outlook and relations with the U.S. and the world.” Continue reading..

Will the next government in New Delhi have new answers to old foreign policy challenges?

 Prasad joined C. Raja Mohan, and Ashley J. Tellis last week in a discussion on this important question. The discussion, posted below, took place at an April 28th event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in conjunction with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations on the future of India’s foreign policy after the election.