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"[A] brisk survey of [India's] foreign policy...[Malone] has a breadth of knowledge and makes his case well."--The Economist

"A broad-ranging but substantive survey of the Indian foreign policy horizon...brings an illuminating perspective to the conduct of India's international relations...Overall, the volume is one of the best overviews of Indian foreign policy in recent years."--Asia Policy

"A historical analysis as well as a prescriptive examination of India's foreign policy. A believer in the dictum that all foreign policy, in the ultimate analysis, is local, Malone gives a detailed insight into India's domestic scene, with an amazingly accurate description of all the principal political parties and players...He does not allow his affection for India to cloud his hard-headed analysis and he does not shy away from giving the benefit of his advice to Indians as well as to non-Indians. The book's comprehensive approach makes it a must for all those interested in India and South Asia."--India Today

"A wonderfully illuminating book on India's relations with the world informed both by remarkable expertise on diplomacy and foreign relations and by carefully acquired intimate knowledge of a very complex country. The book will enlighten not only Indians involved in public discussion and policymaking but also people across the world interested in an ancient land undergoing extraordinarily rapid transformation."--Amartya Sen, University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, and 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics

"With the analytical mind of a scholar and the perceptive eye of an experienced diplomat, David Malone ranges across history, geography, economics and strategy to provide a treatment of Indian foreign policy which is both lucid and profound."--Strobe Talbott, President of The Brookings Institution, former US Deputy Secretary of State, and author of Engaging India

"David Malone has written an impressively thorough and deeply insightful analysis of how a previously inward-looking India is now reaching out to the world. Comprehensive in scope, examining major themes and regions, [this book] shrewdly brings history and economics to bear on our understanding of [India's] foreign policy."--Ramachandra Guha, Historian, and author of India After Gandhi

"David Malone has written an impressively thorough and deeply insightful By daring to walk through Delhi's Tower of Babel, David Malone has produced a rewarding work on the sources and conduct of India's contemporary international relations. The capacity to differentiate between the "signal" and the "noise" in Delhi's rambunctious discourse and a deep empathy for India's aspirations allow Malone to excavate the obscure riches of India's new regional and global engagement."--C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Contributing Editor of The Indian Express, and author of Crossing the Rubicon

"A solidly researched, lucid analysis of Indian foreign policy. It immerses itself in Indian history to seek the wellsprings of continuity in India's relations with the world, and studies the role of domestic politics and internal compulsions, as well as the impact of external security challenges...[Malone's] book deserves to be read thoroughly and consulted frequently by anyone interested in our external relations."--Outlook India

"[Malone] has now written an account of contemporary Indian foreign policy that is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon: so comprehensive is the coverage and so empathetic the treatment...The book is lucidly and engagingly written, and is as accessible to the lay reader as to the specialist....the best book yet on recent Indian foreign policy. It will be required reading for anyone wanting to make sense of the great transitions underway in India's engagement with the world."--The Times of India

"Both lay readers and seasoned observers of Indian foreign policy will find this book useful and even inspiring. The former will appreciate the historical background that helps explain the complexity of current events, while the latter will benefit from the organization of the material that enables them to read only the topic in which they are interested. Although Malone himself does not develop new theories on India's foreign policy, this book has the great potential to inspire other scholars to do so and further develop this fascinating field."--The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

About the Author

David M. Malone is President of the International Development Research Centre. He was Canada's High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal from 2006 to 2008. He has published extensively on peace and security issues, in book form and in journals. His books include The Law and Practice of the United Nations (OUP 2008) and The International Struggle Over Iraq (OUP 2006).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199552029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199552023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akhilesh Pillalamarri on 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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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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By jumin on September 26, 2014
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Some new insight, good analytical framework
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