Where does the moral dimension to India’s foreign policy come from? – A new journal article by CSASP’s Kate Sullivan

Why has Indian diplomacy often been accused of carrying a ‘moralising tone’? Kate Sullivan’s new article in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies examines the roots of India's moral leadership aspirations in world affairs. She explores the discourses, identities and institutions that shaped Indian diplomacy and diplomatic institutions in the decades before and after Independence, and shows how Indian diplomats drew lines of comparison between their nation and others, understood India's global standing, and conceived of special moral responsibilities for India in world politics. Kate argues that moral leadership aspirations persist as one component of Indian foreign policy today. And she discusses the extent to which a historical and institutional analysis of diplomatic self-understandings can help our understanding of India's increasingly influential global role.

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