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Worldviews of Aspiring PowersDomestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia$
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Henry R. Nau and Deepa Ollapally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937479.001.0001

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India

India

Foreign Policy Perspectives of an Ambiguous Power

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(p.73) 3 India
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Worldviews of Aspiring Powers
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Deepa Ollapally

Rajesh Rajagopalan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937479.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   foreign relations, international relations, grand strategy, security policy, Indian foreign policy

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