Introduction to India’s Foreign Policy

Background

India Foundation, in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India organised acomprehensive five-day Workshop on India’s Foreign Policy in Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi from January 28 - February 01, 2018. This event brought together, as participants, 60 aficionados of Indian foreign policy: researchers, academicians, and practitioners, from across India and from key partner nations. These sessions were addressed by senior practitioners and thought leaders including government officials, national leaders, experienced diplomats (serving and retired), domain-specialists and ambassadors of several countries.This online course titled Introduction to India’s Foreign Policy is based on the proceedings of this workshop.

Course Overview

The objective is to provide a one-stop, authentic resource for anyone interested in India’s foreign policy.It is best suited for students and teachers of political science and international relations as well as policy makers interested in India’s foreign policy. The curriculum of this online course is well-rounded to cover major thematic issues and vital bilateral relationships in India’s foreign policy. The course is divided into five modules:

Introduction and Key Principles

India and Neighbourhood

India and Multilateralism

India’s Relation with Strategic Partners

Key Agendas in India’s Foreign Policy

 

Learning Outcomes

This course will help students, academics and professionals develop an authentic understanding of India’s Foreign Policy- its historical context, recent developments and key issues facing the country. The course will provide students with a framework to analyse and become familiar with India’s diplomatic agenda and current engagements with partner countries.

I. INTRODUCTION AND KEY PRINCIPLES

S.NO Topic Faculty
1 Introduction to India’s Foreign Policy S Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

2 Recent Innovations in India’s Foreign Policy: Panchamrit Doctrine

Ram Madhav

National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party; Director, India Foundation

Jawed Ashraf

High Commissioner of India to Singapore

3 Overview of India’s Foreign Policy since 2014 V K Singh

Minister of State for External Affairs, Govt. of India

4 Indian Strategic Thought Shakti Sinha

Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

II. INDIA AND NEIGHBORHOOD

S.NO Topic Faculty
1 India’s Neighbourhood Policy Amar Singh

Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

2 India’s Wars and How They Shaped Our Foreign Policy

Alok Bansal

Director, India Foundation

Shekhar Sinha

Former C-in-C, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy

3 India – Af-Pak Relations

Vivek Katju

Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Amar Sinha

Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

4 India-China Relations

Ashok Kantha

Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, India

Harsh Pant

Professor, International Relations, King's College London, UK

III. INDIA AND MULTILATERALISM

S.NO Topic Faculty
1 From High Ground to High Table

Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

Kanwal Sibal

Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India

2 India-ASEAN Relations

Preeti Sarin

Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

3 India and ASEAN Countries

Jawed Ashraf

High Commissioner of India to Singapore

Pradeep Rawat

Ambassador of India to Indonesia

Nagma Mallick

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam

4 India-EU Relations

Ranjan Mathai

Former Foreign Secretary, India

Rahul Roy Chaudhury

Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS, UK

IV. INDIA’S RELATION WITH STRATEGIC PARTNERS

S.NO Topic Faculty
1 India-US Relations

Baijayant Jay Panda

Member of Parliament, India

Ashok Malik

Press Secretary to the President of India

2 India-Russia Relations

P S Raghavan

Convener, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India

3 India-West Asia Relations (Israel, Palestine and Iran)

Arun Singh

Former Ambassador, India

4 India- Central Asia and India-Middle East Relations

Rajiv Sikri

Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

5 India-Africa Relations

Virendra Gupta

Former Ambassador, India

6 India-Latin America Relations

Dattesh Parulekar

Asst. Professor, Centre for Latin American & International Studies, Goa University

V. KEY AGENDAS IN INDIA’S FOREIGN POLICY

S.NO Topic Faculty
1 India’s Economic Diplomacy Suresh Prabhu

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India

2 India’s Economy: Its Global Calling Card

Shri Shaurya Doval

Director, India Foundation

3 Foreign Policy Begins at Home: Domestic Politics in India

Baijayant Jay Panda

Member of Parliament, India

4 Role of Indian Diaspora

Vijay Chauthaiwale

In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, Bharatiya Janata Party

Dhyaneshwar Mulay

Secretary (Consular Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

5 India’s Soft Power Diplomacy

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India

6 Pillars of India’s Soft Power Diplomacy

David Frawley

Founder & Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies

Veena Sikri

Former Ambassador, India

Hari Kiran Vadlamani

Founder, Indic Academy