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The Asian side of the world - II

Jean-François Sabouret

Part One. Regional dynamics and globalization

The regional challenge of an emerging India

Olivier Blarel

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June 2013

June: “Can India become a great power?” asks the influential British weekly newspaper, The Economist (30 March 2013). This question puts into perspective the overall impression that economic growth in India has not extended into the field of diplomacy. India’s identity internationally is the subject of lively debate and its diplomacy provokes confusion, multiplying the great differences and apparent contradictions. The difference between, on the one hand its great status in southern Asia (all the states of the Indian subcontinent) and the other, the role of a peripheral player at international level, particularly illustrates India’s difficulty in reconciling diverging interests from its foreign policy.

Origins of India’s troublesome relation with its periphery

The tense relations between India and its direct neighbours stems from the colonial era. British India had secured the defence of the subcontinent by controlling more or less the peripheral territories directly. From Ir...


PhD candidate (CERI, Institut d’études politiques de Paris)

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