IRC Book Club: Modi & the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy
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IRC Book Club: Modi & the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy

The IRC will hold their next (virtual) Book Club meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 on the Zoom platform. The topic of discussion will be Ian Hall's Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy and moderated by author and scholar of international trade law Eric Witmer.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
6:30-8 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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Narendra Modi’s energetic personal diplomacy and promise to make India a ‘leading power’, made soon after his landslide election victory in May 2014, surprised many analysts. Most had predicted that his government would concentrate on domestic issues, on the growth and development demanded by Indian voters, and that he lacked necessary experience in international relations. Instead, Modi’s time in office saw a concerted attempt to reinvent Indian foreign policy by replacing inherited understandings of its place in the world with one drawn largely from Hindu nationalist ideology. This book explores the drivers of this reinvention, arguing it arose from a combination of elite conviction and electoral calculation, and the impact it had on India’s international relations under Modi.

About the Author
Ian Hall is a Professor at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, and an Academic Fellow of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the history of international thought and Indian foreign policy.

About the Moderator
Eric Witmer is an author and scholar of international trade law. He writes annually for the WTO Case Review, published by the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. He has also written articles for the Connecticut Journal of International Law and for the World Trade Review. His next project is a co-authored textbook entitled Law of Post-Partition India. Eric is employed full-time with the Kansas Court of Appeals. He is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army for ten years.

Where to Obtain Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy
Barnes & Noble

About Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.