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Modi’s Foreign Policy

Modi’s Foreign Policy

First Edition
  • Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay - Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Ashok Kapur - Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

September 2017 | 272 pages | SAGE India

A discourse on the goals set by Prime Minister Modi to guide India’s foreign policy

In India, foreign policymaking has been based in the Prime Minister’s Office because of the institutionalization of the foreign policy structure since Independence. This book highlights that in the past three decades, due to the constraints of coalition politics, there has been little insight into India’s foreign policy. The ruling government effectively reverted the locus of authority to the new prime minister and his team, thereby not just avoiding a wider contestation between competing paradigms but instituting a paradigm shift—a shift which is a response to previous policy anomalies and failures, and creating newly articulated goals in a short time. 

Breaking with the past, Modi’s Foreign Policy aims to create a symbiotic relationship between the domestic goals of India and its foreign policy agendas.


A New Interpretative Framework of Foreign Policy: A Paradigm Shift
The Nehruvian Legacy: Policy Anomalies and Policy Failure
Extended Neighbourhood and Multilevel Alignments
Modi and Xi Jinping’s Slow Dance Towards Cooperation
Pakistan Policy—Déjà Vu or Something New?
Concluding Reflections

“[This] is elaborated in this readable and tightly argued volume consisting of an introduction and five substantive chapters.”

Pacific Affairs, December 2019

The central claim of this book is that India’s foreign policy has seen a “paradigm shift” under Modi’s strong and centralized leadership. This claim is elaborated in this readable and tightly argued volume consisting of an introduction and five substantive chapters.

Pacific Affairs, 92 (4), 2019

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ISBN: 9789386446589

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