The interface of domestic and international factors in India’s foreign policy: Introducing the issues

Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt, Shantanu Chakrabarti

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Abstract

This introductory essay starts out with a discussion about what defines the interface of domestic and external factors in theoretical terms followed by a specific case study of India’s policy-making process. It then concentrates on the debate about what defines ʼnational interest’ and attempts to deconstruct the concept, which seems to be quite unclear in the evolving theoretical literature. The next section gives a brief assessment of the three phases of India’s foreign policy with a focus on interlocking conflicts in historical perspective. Further, the next section discusses how domestic and international factors intermesh in foreign policy and how the articulation of national interest in itself becomes the core issue in defining and understanding how competing views clash.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Interface of Domestic and International Factors in India’s Foreign Policy
EditorsJohannes Dragsbæk Schmidt, Shantanu Chakrabarti
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date15 Feb 2021
Pages1-19
ISBN (Print)9780367641320, 9780367641351
ISBN (Electronic)9781000368833
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2021

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