Foreign Policy Perspectives of an Ambiguous Power
This chapter outlines different Indian conceptions of foreign policy, broadly defined to include grand strategy. This clarification is made because grand strategy is usually broader and encompasses the means-ends chain (while foreign policy can be seen as only one of the means). The chapter is divided into four sections. The first section, examines which opinions matter in the making of Indian foreign and security policy. This is important in the Indian context because there appears to be a considerable distance between the public debate and policy making in India. The second section outlines the new debate about India's foreign policy. The third section outlines six major perspectives on Indian foreign policy. The final section links these perspectives to particular foreign policy issues facing India and draws out what each perspective offers as policy prescriptions.
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