SEVENTY YEARS OF INDIA'S FOREIGN POLICY
THEME: SEVENTY YEARS OF INDIA'S FOREIGN POLICY
DATES: 3rd and 4th November, 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS
Concept note: 10th Annual Conference | JAIR | 2017
Venue: KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
Post 1947 India has been destined to play significant role in International Relations. The question has always been, how. Indian foreign policy has travelled thus far through myriad events and discourses. There has been the presence and experience of both continuity and change. The starting point of India’s foreign policy is undoubtedly Nehruvian discourse. It is true that foreign policy framers had realities in front of them both foreign and domestic in nature during the decades from fifties onwards. The reality of the Cold War presented India with opportunities, yet dangers weighed greater. Thus India’s journey to play important role internationally started with Non Aligned Movement. Reality pressed India to frame its foreign policy according to necessity. It was not long since independence and India faced complex security problems along and across the border west, north and eastward. Decisiveness characterized Indian foreign policy when wars became inevitable. The creation of Bangladesh worked as a pivot for Indian foreign policy. During the Cold War era India tried to attain two things. One was not to get embroiled directly in the musings of the Cold War and secondly India had tried to balance the two blocks as need arose. True is the fact China remained a problem. It remains so.
The decade of eighties basically has been like a buffer between the realities erstwhile and the realities emerging out of very new political and economic narratives. The ‘iron curtain’ in the east collapsed. The Cold War came to an end. Globalization ensured the advent of new ideas of economics. International finance, climate change, energy security were the new issues to be considered through the prism of foreign policy. The decade of eighties saw China opening up its economy. That posed a real challenge for India’s foreign policy. The eighties gave rise to another security challenge for India. Pakistan resorted to proxy war with India via terrorism. Soon after, India to the decision to transform its economy prompted by the pulls and pressures of global economic imperatives. It marked a definitive move away from the decades of license raj to a more open and expectant economy. And this move paved the way for a greater engagement of India with the world as a strong economy is one of the pre-requisites of a dynamic foreign policy. It was also around this time that India conducted its first and second nuclear tests. With the turn of the millennium, the country cautiously began to develop its role. greater engagement in the neighbourhood, with the U.S and increasing involvement in multilateral forums characterized this period as the country finally broke free from the constrains of non-alignment.
The second decade of the 2000s is gradually but definitively becoming one of establishing the country firmly on the global foreign policy map. Prime Minister Modi’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and the refurbishing of the intermittently active Look-East Policy to a more energetic Act East Initiative has stirred South and South east Asian politics. His foreign visits to countries that previous heads of state have not visited in years and strategic and economic deals that have followed have contributed to the building of the perception of a dynamic India that is intent on engaging with the world. The Indo-Pacific is another significant region where the country is playing a vital role through its maritime strides and boosting relations with littoral states.
The message is clear. India is coming to its own. It is now, more than ever before that India is both willing and increasingly able to participate and establish its presence on the world stage. In this context, the 10th Annual Conference of JAIR attempts to examine the evolution of India’s foreign policy along the following themes:
• Session: I Change and continuity in India’s foreign policy.
• Session II The story of India rising.
• Session III: The Asian Century and Indian foreign policy.
• Session IV: International economic order and Indian foreign policy.
• Session V: Security dynamics of Indian foreign policy.
• Session VI: Non-traditional security threats and India’s role.
• Session VII: India in the Indo-Pacific: Enhancing footprints.
• Session VII: Trend and Transformation of India’s Act East Policy
• Session IX: India’s Maritime Policy
• Session X: India and the World
• Session XI: India’s Neighbourhood Policy
• Session XII: Heritage, Culture and Diplomacy
Last Date for Sending Abstracts: 31st May , 2017
Date for Intimation Regarding the Acceptance of Abstract: 10th June, 2017
Last Date for Sending the Full Paper: 31st August, 2017
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