June 23, 2010, 12:30 - 2:30 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
The Long View from Delhi: To Define the Indian Grand Strategy for Foreign Policy
Wednesday, June 23
12:30 - 2:30 PM
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Wimbush, Menon, Curtis, and Tellis
Admiral Raja Menon
The arrival of India as a predominant regional power and a rapidly emerging global actor is among the great strategic transformations of the last hundred years. Despite its reputation as inward-looking and non-aligned, in the last two decades India has developed an appetite for global engagement based on its perception of dangerous and growing security challenges: China threatens; Pakistan and Afghanistan are in chaos; Iran seethes; and the Persian Gulf is an ever tenuous energy lifeline. Meanwhile, India retains a security relationship with its old patron, Russia, while it expands security and technology attachments to Israel. All these factors are leading to a paradigm-shifting strategic alliance with the United States.
In their new book, The Long View from Delhi, preeminent strategist Raja Menon and his collaborator, Rajiv Kumar argue that India needs a grand strategy. They analyze major influences on foreign and security policy in India, assess possible scenarios from an Indian perspective, and detail the likely impact on India's current and future national interests. They outline and dynamics and trajectories of a possible foreign policy strategy for India, assessing both costs and benefits.
Admiral Raja Menon is a former career officer and submarine specialist in the Navy. He is the author of The Indian Navy: A Photo Essay, Maritime Strategy and Continental Wars and A Nuclear Strategy for India. He is a distinguished fellow in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and the National Maritime Foundation.
Joining Admiral Menon for the forum were Ashley Tellis, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Lisa Curtis, Heritage Foundation's Senior Research Fellow on South Asia.
S. Enders Wimbush, Hudson Institute's Senior Vice President, moderated.
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