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Through a billion voices: the making of Indian foreign policy

  • Date(s)
    25 February 2010
  • Time
    12.30 - 14.00
  • Location
    London

Discussing the making of Indian foreign policy, Kanti Bajpai, professor of international relations at Oxford University, and one of India's most prolific and influential international relations scholars, will address a Foresight project seminar on India's role in a multipolar world. The event will take place in London on 25 February 2010.

Following a decade of rapid economic growth, India is poised to be an instrumental player in the emerging international landscape. With its symbolic significance as a plural democracy and its potential to play a stabilising role in a volatile region, India occupies a unique position in international affairs. At the same time, there is an ambivalence about India’s rise and many remain uncertain about the role India will play as it acquires greater clout in the international system. From trade to climate change to the non-proliferation regime, India is often considered a ‘difficult’ and unpredictable actor. This is, in part, because of the contradictory realities of India and the multiple voices that shape Indian foreign policy.

Professor Bajpai will explore the political values and intellectual traditions that go into the making of Indian foreign policy. The implications of the debate between the different schools of thought for India’s position on key global challenges, such as nuclear non-proliferation and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, will also be discussed.

For further information on the Foresight project please visit www.foresightproject.net.

If you would like to attend this event please rsvp to Alexandra Pretti at apretti@policy-network.net, or alternatively call 020 7340 2202.

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