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Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy [Kindle Edition]

David M. Malone
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India today looms large globally, where it hardly loomed at all twenty years ago. It is likely to be a key global actor throughout the twenty-first century and could well emerge soon as one of the top five global powers.

Does the Elephant Dance? seeks to survey the main features of Indian foreign policy. It identifies elements of Indian history relevant to the topic; examines the role therein of domestic politics and internal and external security challenges, and of domestic and international economic factors; and in successive chapters delves into the specifics of India's policy within its South Asian neighbourhood, and with respect to China, the USA, West Asia (the Middle East), East Asia, Europe
and Russia, and multilateral diplomacy. It also touches on Indian ties to Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. India's "soft power", the role of migration in its policy, and other cross-cutting issues are analyzed, as is the role and approach of several categories of foreign policy actors in India.
Substantive conclusions close out the volume, and touch, inter alia, on policies India may want or need to change in its quest for international stature.

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[David M. Malone] has produced a copiously annotated book that is so beautifully organised and written that his scholarship wears lightly and never impinges upon the story he tells. Alan Mackie, Asian Affairs

About the Author

David M. Malone was appointed as President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Malone served as Canada's High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal. He has also served as a Canadian Ambassador at the United Nations. He has published extensively on peace and security issues, in book form and in journals. He has taught at Columbia University and the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. His most recent book is The Law and Practice of the United Nations (OUP, 2008). Previously, he wrote The International Struggle Over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council (OUP, 2006). With two co-editors, he is currently completing a volume on the contemporary governance crisis in Nepal.

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  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199552029
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (April 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy November 25, 2011
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I found about about this book because it got a good review in the Economist magazine. The book lives up to expectations. Mr. Malone has put together a well-researched, objective study of Indian foreign policy derived from both personal experience, scholarly sources, and association with diplomats, politicians, and journalists. As a student of Indian foreign policy, I know that there is not much concise, yet thorough material on Indian foreign policy, which is often lost in obscure journals; Indian foreign policy also takes a back seat to Chinese foreign policy among many experts in Asian international affairs. This is the best, readable introduction to this very interesting and important topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A multifaceted civilization August 17, 2013
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Malone brings us a fresh, well grounded view on Indian foreign policy, its society, with a careful look at the historic background since independence which shaped the way how Indians perceive the world, and how it interacts with its neighbourhood and strategic partners.

His optimistic general standpoint throughout the book doesn't seem far-fetched, but coming from someone who really knows the subject, having lived in India and acquainted himself with some of the most prestigious India experts and Indians. He shares a strong belief that India will be prompted, with increased frequency, to take positions on world issues - positions it can behold with self assertiveness, rooted on recent economic successes and a millenary culture, a varied, alien, complex culture, as it is.
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