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Challenge and Strategy

Challenge and Strategy
Rethinking India's Foreign Policy

First Edition
  • Rajiv Sikri - Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India

May 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The book examines India’s current and looming foreign policy challenges from a strategic and policy-oriented perspective. It analyzes the long-term factors and trends that should determine the country’s foreign policy formulation. The author urges a reappraisal of India’s approach if it is to become a major player in the complex and rapidly evolving 21st century world.

Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy focuses on India’s immediate and strategic neighbourhood. It also looks at important issues like energy security, economic diplomacy, the interaction between defence and diplomacy, and foreign policy institutions. A unique feature of the book is that it combines the perspectives of a historian, a diplomat and a scholar. With many new out-of-the-box ideas and policy suggestions, it makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on foreign policy within India’s strategic community.

This lucid and succinct book is a must-read for policy-makers, diplomats and foreign policy analysts. The corporate and business community too will find it professionally relevant. It is also an important knowledge resource for students of Indian politics, international relations, and defence and strategic studies, and others who are interested in India’s foreign policy.
Foreword Chinmaya R Gharekhan
The 21st Century World
India and South Asia
Pakistan and Afghanistan
Bangladesh, Myanmar and Northeast Region
Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan
Tibet and China
'Look East' Policy
Persian Gulf, Palestine and Israel
Russia and Eurasia
United States and Nuclear Issues
Energy Security
Economic Diplomacy
Defence and Diplomacy
Traditions and Institutions
India's Strategic Choices
India Rising?

The most comprehensive account…Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy is the best statement of the latter-day Nehruvian approach. Sikri’s intellectual framework  and recommendations combine recognition of India’s contemporary economic growth with a more Nehruvian drive to position India as a balancing factor to the United States.


This book is in the tradition of strategic thought that values freedom of diplomatic action and exhorts self-belief so that India does not become anyone's valet.

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