Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India's New Foreign Policy

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In Crossing the Rubicon C.Raja Mohan gives a behind-the-scenes account of how India has grown from a peripheral player to a key participant at the top levels of global diplomacy. Exploring India's renewed foreign policy from the 1980s through the nuclear tests of the 1990s to its current strategy, Mohan looks at two crucial issues that account for this revolutionary change: the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and a new wave of economic globalization. This book provides an incisive look at how India has reworked its relations with major powers--notably its new rapports with the United States and post-Soviet Russia--to become a major contributor in international affairs.

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C. Raja Mohan is the strategic affairs editor for The Hindu, one of India's major daily newspapers, in New Delhi.


"This book offers an outstanding exposition of India's foreign policy adaptation since the end of the Cold War. Written in elegant prose, Crossing the Rubicon presents valuable insights into India's international strategy in a rapidly changing world where its ambitions are increasingly becoming enmeshed with the requirements of economic globalization. The book offers an interesting perspective on the reasons for the improvement in U.S.-India relations and the increasing strategic compatibility of the two states on issues such as terrorism and missile defenses. Raja Mohan's enlightened realist account depicts India as a major success story of the liberal order outside the Western world with much untapped potential for it to become a beacon of change in South Asia and the larger world. This book is definitely one of the best accounts available on Indian foreign policy in the contemporary era."-- T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Canada, and co-author of: India in the World Order: Searching for Major Power Status.

"This is a thoughtful, astute and invaluable study of the fundamental transformation in India's foreign policy in the aftermath of the Cold War. C. Raja Mohan has addressed an important lacuna in the literature. This work is a fine-grained, meticulously researched and deeply informed account of the social forces and political choices that contributed to a profound ideological and substantive shift in India's foreign policy. The book should be of compelling interest to both scholars and practitioners interested in understanding the emergent foreign policy of a major Asian power." -- Sumit Ganguly, Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and Director, India Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Raja Mohan offers a fine meal for readers hungry to understand how and why India is making itself a major power -- fresh ingredients, marinated with good reason, expertly cooked, pleasantly presented, easily digested. This book should deepen Mohan's reputation as one of India's best strategic analysts. "--George Perkovich, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of India's Nuclear Bomb

"C. Raja Mohan has produced the most readable, authoritative and wide-ranging account to date of the remarkable ongoing transformation in India's post-cold war foreign policy. A leading voice among India's new breed of foreign affairs analysts, Mohan mounts a powerful argument that Indian diplomacy has irreversibly crossed an historic threshold. Whether they agree or disagree with its argument, all who read this book will benefit from its skillfully reasoned presentation." --Robert G. Wirsing, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii

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