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Challenge and Strategy
Rethinking India's Foreign Policy

  • Rajiv Sikri - Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India


March 2009 | 344 pages | SAGE India
The book examines India’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’s foreign policy formulation. The author urges a reappraisal of India’s approach if it is to become a major player in the complex and rapidly evolving 21st century world.

Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy focuses on India’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’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’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 most comprehensive account…Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy is the best statement of the latter-day Nehruvian approach. Sikri’s intellectual framework  and recommendations combine recognition of India’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
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Rajiv Sikri

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 India’s 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 India’s external technical and economic assistance programmes. He has served as India’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan, and headed the Departments dealing with West Europe as well as the Soviet Union and East Europe in the Ministry... More About Author

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