Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Foreign Policy in India


Asia Society India Centre, Consulate General of Canada, and International Development Research Centre invite you to an AsiaReports presentation to launch Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Foreign Policy in India.

Join David Malone, author, Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Foreign Policy in India; Former Canadian High Commissioner to India, and President, International Development Research Centre, Canada, in conversation with Swapan Dasgupta, political columnist and former Managing Editor, India Today.

As India strives for increased international stature, its foreign policy has evolved considerably. While most media and policy experts often focus on India’s relationship with Pakistan, David Malone will share his insights on how India seeks to outgrow Pakistan, rendering China India’s principal regional relationship. Join Malone, in conversation with Swapan Dasgupta, for a discussion on how Indian foreign policy is changing both within its South Asian neighbourhood, and with respect to global powers such as the US and the EU. What are the implications of such strategies? How can India wield its soft power in resolving wide-ranging issues? What is the future role and approach of foreign policy actors in India? How do these changing factors affect foreign relations within the region? Can sound foreign policy help India boost its growth story?

David M. Malone became President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre in July 2008. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served in increasingly senior positions in Ottawa, Cairo, Amman, and New York. He also served as Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal, managing Canada’s largest diplomatic mission abroad. From 1998 to 2004, he was President of the International Peace Academy in New York, an independent non-profit research organization. He has taught at a number of universities in Canada, France, and the United States and has published numerous books and articles on international relations. Malone has published extensively on peace and security issues, in book form and in journals. Previous to Does the Elephant Dance: Contemporary Foreign Policy in India, he also published The Law and Practice of the United Nations.

Swapan Dasgupta is a political columnist with 25 years’ experience based in Delhi. He is a columnist for Times of India, Pioneer, The Telegraph (Kolkata), Jagran, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, and Free Press Journal. He has also written frequently for Outlook, Wall Street Journal, Indian Express, and Tehelka. In addition, he comments on politics regularly for TV news channels. He was Managing Editor of India Today from 1997 to 2003.

The AsiaReports series investigates critical socio-political and economic issues across Asia.

Event Details

Wed 18 May 2011
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Malabar Room, Rooftop Level, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai

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