India’s Place in the World

In an increasingly connected world, the nation-state is less sovereign today that it was ever before. Some of the most consequential issues today – climate change, terrorism, international trade, or global violations of human rights – cannot be dealt by any country in isolation. Under this theme, we work on how India can engage deeply with the rest of the world to protect its interests and to promote global peace and security. We focus especially on these three sub-themes:

  • China, particularly on trade and investment
  • International organisations – the UN & its organs, the WTO and the UNFCC & GCF
  • Indian diaspora and soft-power

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Policy Watch: India’s Place in the World-December 2019

India’s Soft Power: Challenges & Opportunities

This paper not only draws on the extensive literature that exists on soft power but also rich conversations with a wide range of experts and practitioners in the world of foreign policy, international relations and global policy-making. It begins with an overview of the concepts of soft and smart power, working under the assumption that the two exist and can be beneficial if utilised effectively.

It then focus primarily on India – its variety of soft power resources and its potential. It recognises that soft power is a broad concept with multiple interpretations; it also recognises that India has great number of soft power resources to fit under one umbrella. For this purpose, the paper breaks the concept of soft power in the Indian context into two parts: state driven and non-state driven soft power. The paper then proceeds to analyse these resources and interrogate whether India can use its soft power effectively in its quest to become a “great” power in today’s world.


Policy Watch: India’s Place in the World- June 2019

Book – UN in the 21st Century, M.K. Rasgotra (New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, no date)

Book – The Trade Game: Negotiation Trends at WTO Concerns of Developing Countries, Bibek Debroy and Debashis Chakraborty (eds) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2006) – 2006

Paper – An Analysis of Severance Pay Policies in India and Sri Lanka By Mukul G Asher and Pundarik Mukhopadaya – 2006

Paper – Preferential Trade Agreements and India: A Review of Issues By Debashis Chakraborty and Arnab Kumar Hazra – 2005

Book – Future Negotiations Issues at the WTO: An India-China Perspective, Bibek Debroy and Mohd Saqib (eds) (New Delhi: Globus Books, 2004) – 2004

Paper – Trips Patent System and Doha Declaration: Implementation Process by India By B. K. Keayla – 2004

Book – Challenges of Globalization, Bibek Debroy, (ed) (New Delhi: Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, 1998) – 2002

Paper – India at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting in Doha Déjà vu – again? By Yashika Singh – 2001

Project – India, Iran and Central Asia: Delineating Future Economic Relations Edited by Ahmed Mukarram – 1998

Paper – Emerging Issues, Perspectives and Challenges of India’s Foreign Economic Policy: Focus on Finance and Trade in the 21st Century By Kalyan Raipuria – 1998

Paper – Globalisation: What Does It mean For Development? By Deepak Nayyar – 1997

Paper – China-India-Pakistan: Disparities and Weak links in Economic Performance By Gilbert Etienne – 1997

Paper – The Japan-India Encounter By Satu P. Limaye- 1997

Project – India, Southeast Asia and the United State: New Opportunities and prospects for Cooperation – 1996

Proceedings – India – Pakistan Dialogue, New Delhi, 5-6 February 1996

Proceedings – India-Nepal Dialogue – 1995

Paper – China and India: Socio-economic performance and prospects By Gilbert Etienne – 1995

Proceedings – The India-Bangladesh Dialogue – 1995

Book – A Unique Odyssey: The Story of the United Nations, Geeta Dharmarajan (Illustrated by Atanu Roy) (New Delhi: Published for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation by KATHA, 1995) – 1995

Proceedings – India-Sri Lanka Dialogue – 1995

Paper – Indian Strategic Concerns in the 1990s By George K. Tanham – 1995

Proceedings – Changing South Africa and the World – 1994

Proceedings – The Israel-PLO Peace Accord and its Implications for India – 1994

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