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Explaining Pakistan's Foreign Policy: Escaping India (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series) 1st Edition

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"[A]rguably the best guide to understanding Pakistan’s view of India and the world... her presentation of Pakistan’s own narrative is of great value for the Indian political class and the strategic community in developing a more successful strategy towards our very special neighbour to the west." - C. Raja Mohan, Border Forces;

"Pande’s Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping India is a worthy read. An accessible academic text, Pande’s book describes the logic and evolution of Pakistan’s foreign policy, showing how much of it is grounded in pre-Partition tensions between the Muslim League and Congress. She shows how India’s Muslim elite constructed an Islamic identity to differentiate themselves from “Hindu” India in order to buttress the two-nation theory. To some extent, Pande’s task is easy, since few will deny her basic argument that Pakistan’s foreign policy is India-centric. Her choice to revisit the historical underpinnings of that India-centricity is what makes the book an interesting read... Pande’s account is ultimately a balanced review of Pakistan’s foreign policy imperatives that simultaneously justifies Islamabad’s concerns while highlighting the fallout of clinging to them too closely." - Huma Yusuf; Dawn Magazine, September 18, 2011

"Offering a comprehensive and probing analysis of the country’s foreign policy since 1947, Pande, a South Asia scholar and analyst, describes how Pakistanis have constructed their national identity and how closely it is tied to their views of national survival." - Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum,Director of the Center for Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute; The Middle East Journal (Vol. 65, No. 4)

"Aparna Pande’s excellent book, Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping India, is a must read for Indian travellers to Pakistan who tend to gush to the locals, “You know, this is just like India, we don’t feel like we’ve come to another country”, and then feel perplexed by the Lahori’s cold response... a carefully researched historical analysis that traces the crafting of our neighbour’s national identity, from the time that the Muslim League convinced itself that a nation could be constructed on the basis of a shared religious identity, with Islam substituting for nationalism." - Ajai Shukla; Business Standard, June 27th 2012

About the Author

Aparna Pande is a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, USA. She has a doctorate in Political Science from Boston University and her main research interest is International Relations focusing on South Asia.


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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series (Book 41)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415599008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415599009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Aparna Pande is a Research Fellow with the Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World. Aparna wrote her PhD dissertation on Pakistan's foreign policy. Her major field of interest is International Relations with a special interest in foreign policy, security studies, religion in politics, political Islam, and South Asia. Aparna contributes to the following online newspapers such as The Weekly Standard, Pajamas Media, IndoLink, Outlook India and Chowk.

A 1993 graduate of Delhi University, Aparna holds a Master of Arts in History from St. Stephens College at Delhi University and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Aparna Pande received a Doctorate in Political Science from Boston University. Aparna Pande's book titled 'Explaining Pakistan's Foreign Policy: Escaping India' is set to be released in April 2011 by Routledge.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SRK on June 20, 2011
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I feel the author is well versed with the topic of Pakistan and has the necessary qualifications and the background to write this book. The author accomplishes explaining Pakistan's foreign policy, as well as the extremely complex relationship between India/Pakistan and U.S./Pakistan with success and ease. Overall this is an excellent read if you would like to get a comprehensive background on Pakistan. I highly recommend this book!!!
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