India and the Contemporary International System: Theory, Policy, and Structure

New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy aims to explore Indian Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War and investigate the latest trends in India’s foreign policy behaviour. Various theoretical approaches to the subject as well as analysis of the latest policy developments are included in this book. The book covers a whole range of issues including India’s nuclear identity, climate change, resource crunch, aid diplomacy, India’s great power aspirations, and domestic influences on foreign policy making.

Considering that the end of the Cold War is widely understood to be a game-changer for Indian foreign policy, it is an opportune time to ask whether India has indeed embraced a new foreign policy. In other words, two decades since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the economic liberalization process and the coalition politics in the country, what are the changes and continuities in the contemporary Indian foreign policy?

There is a dearth of comprehensive works on India’s foreign policy outlook in the post-Cold War era. Thus, this book aims to fill this lacuna. The focus of the book is not so much about what has changed for India, but how India has adapted or responded to the changes around it. The volume aims to produce important theoretical insights on Indian Foreign Policy. It analyses the various aspects and implications of India’s desire for greater global influence.