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India Turns East

About the Author

Frédéric Grare is a non-resident senior fellow in the Cambridge Endowment's South Asia Program. His research lays emphasis on security issues, Afghan, India and Pakistani regional policies and the tension between stability and democratisation. He has served at the French Defence Ministry's Directorate for Strategic Affairs, at the French embassy in Pakistan and as Director at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi.


About the Book

It entails the story of India's long and difficult journey to resurrect its status in a fast-changing Asian environment increasingly shaped by the US-China Rivalry and the uncertainties of the US commitment to Asia's security. The so-called Look East Policy initially aimed at reconnecting India with Asia's economic globalisation. As China becomes more assertive, Look East has rapidly evolved into a comprehensive strategy with political and military dimensions.


Review

It is a deeply insightful comprehensive book with regards to the Indian Foreign Policy and especially a pivotal element of it i.e. Look East Policy. Understanding this policy would result in the readers developing a greater cognizance of the rationality of steps taken by our government at the World order. The book presents an utmost analytical view of the several Member States' roles, persisting relevant conflicts as well as the future course of action and scenario. Anyone who is interested in International Relations and Foreign policy must read this book in its entirety. The book, although, highlights a relatively intense academic concern, a person who is intrigued by such concerns could also read this book due to its simplicity in writing. The book acknowledges the majority of the aspects relevant to the main theme and hence it could be considered as a 'complete' book. The author also presents his rational arguments pertaining to a future political landscape which is captivating and garners the interest of readers into delving more into this particular academic field. Since this book encompasses apt academic research, it acknowledges all the resources it has considered for writing the book which also responds to the question of credibility. It is essential to answer the question of credentials since various debatable concerns are addressed in the book upon which various opinions are constructed and hence to present a novel perspective with regards to the concerns, the credentials are a prerequisite.

Conclusively, it is a non-fiction book that nuances an imperative component of Indian Foreign Policy and is highly recommended to the ones who are looking for developing knowledge pertaining to the current affairs of Asian Geopolitics contextualising India’s pivotal role in the region.


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