Foreign Policies of India's Prime Ministers

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Lancer Publishers, 2009 - History - 444 pages
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This book is about the prime ministers of India since Jawaharlal Nehru. A chapter is devoted to each of them with a focus on their foreign policies. The broad organizational framework, designed and deployed in this publication, begins with a brief analysis of their formative years, their perceptions of the international system, and the architecture of their foreign policies, before delving into their decisional process, and concluding with an evaluation of their role. All the prime ministers were obviously not interested in international affairs, but the size of the country unavoidably pushed all of them to deal with foreign affairs, and their roles were varied and their performance was unequal. The uniqueness of the book lies in the fact that the author has dealt with all the prime ministers, including the ones for whom foreign policy was not crucial.

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Harish Kapur is professor emeritus at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also the director of the European Institute in Switzerland and India. The author has spent much of his academic and professional life at the Geneva Institute teaching and writing on international relations. Before joining the institute in 1961, he functioned as the deputy legal adviser in the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva for five years before becoming a research associate at Harvard University's Russian Research Center. While teaching international relations, Professor Kapur devoted much of his writings on the foreign policy of states with a focus on the former Soviet Union, China, and India. Most of his writings have been published in Europe and the United States.

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