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By K. Sullivan

This edited assortment offers another set of reflections on India's modern worldwide position by way of exploring a number influential non-Western kingdom views. via a number of case experiences, the participants gauge the good fortune of India's efforts to be obvious instead international strength within the twenty-first century.

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Realists, assuming that states are generally committed to the utility of force, eventually expect rising states to draw established powers into military confrontation, with great-power status ultimately being proven in war (Mearsheimer, 2001). Yet, rising powers often do not wish, or are unable, to incur the costs of direct conflict. Instead, studies that focus on ‘signalling’ practices suggest that rising states are likely to project ‘responsible’—that is, broadly compliant— behaviours in order to downplay fears that power transition in their favour will lead to conflict (Fearon, 1994).

7. All of these, it should be noted, skirt around the substantial challenges within Indian politics and society that rarely feature in the Indian foreign policy discourse, including (but not limited to) crony capitalism; political and bureaucratic corruption; the criminalisation of politics; vast inequalities in wealth and access to health and education; discrimination based on caste, religion and gender; poor governance; and weakened institutions. 2 Chinese Views of a Nuclear India: From the 1974 Peaceful Nuclear Explosion to the Nuclear Suppliers Group Waiver in 2008 Nicola Horsburgh1 What does China think of a nuclear India?

First, India is conceived of as a synthesising power, reflecting its aspirations to bridge global divides through non-aligned and multilateral engagement in a globally interdependent and economically integrated world. Second, India is framed as a didactic power, reflecting a vision of it as a norm-setter by example, rather than coercion, and as an innovator or inflector of particular forms of global knowledge and values. Third, India self-projects as an alternative power, that is, as a recognisable but distinctive global actor to the great powers of the twentieth century.

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