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India is rising. Consequently, its international profile, engagements and obligations have also grown significantly. There are newer, challenging and complex demands on India from the international community at every level that both arouse and strain, India’s aspirations and legitimate interests. This leads to an intense and absorbing debate within and outside India on the course that Indian foreign policy should chart and the position that India should take, or not take, on specific issues. While Indian policy makers and strategic community need to grasp and address these issues, the international community also is expected to understand India’s aspirations and imperatives of its global engagements.

“Indian Foreign Affairs Journal”, a quarterly of the Association was launched in February 2006.  The inaugural issue was released by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 15 February 2006, at New Delhi.



Ever since its launch in February 2006, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, a quarterly publication of the Association of Indian Diplomats has become an intellectually satisfying and analytically enriching forum for the examination of relevant but sensitive and complex issues of India’s foreign policy and relations. Such examination is undertaken by the statesman, experienced decision makers, serious scholars and seasoned commentators. Still, the Journal remains true to its  credo, publishing authors of widely divergent views, and at the same time, searching for unifying themes and principles in an era where these are especially hard to find. The Journal is thus filling a long-standing gap in the availability of insightful and credible literature in the field.

Besides in-depth scholarly and policy oriented articles, each issue of the Journal presents a Debate on one of the contemporary and contentious aspects of India’s foreign policy.

In addition, the Journal includes a special and unique section which brings out and preserves in  print, the hitherto unknown aspects of India’s diplomatic experience and policy initiative through its Oral History narrative, in the course of tęte-ŕ-tęte with senior and highly experienced policy makers who have made decisive contributions in the evolution of the policy and its challenging issues. The Journal also reviews latest books on India’s foreign policy and its relations. Inevitably, articles published in Indian Foreign Affairs Journal shape the political dialogue for months and years to come.

Click Here for the Prime Minister's Remarks at the inaugural function



Abdul Nafey,

Dean of  Students, Jawaharlal Nehru University,

and Professor, School for International Studies, New Delhi



R. Rajagopalan,

Immediate Past President,

Association of Indian Diplomats, New Delhi



Sitakanta Mishra,

Research Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi





Ex-Officio Members


Leela K. Ponappa,

President, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi.

Nalin Surie,

Vice President, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi.

Yogendra Kumar,

Secretary, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi

Achal Kumar Malhotra,

Treasurer, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi


Nominated Members


Rajiv K. Bhatia,

Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi

S.T. Devare

Ram Sathe Chair Professor, Symbiosis International University

Darvesh Gopal

Director, School of Social Sciences,

Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Arvind Gupta

Director General, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses,

New Delhi.

Gopalji Malviya

Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies,

University of Madras, Chennai.

Christopher S. Raj

Former Dean, School of International Studies,

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Shyam Saran

Chairman, Research and Information Systems,

New Delhi


International Advisers


Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Distinguished Professor and Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Winston Dookeran

Hon’ble Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Trinidad & Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad

David Malone

Rector of the United Nations University

& Under Secretary General of the United Nations,

Tokyo, Japan

T.V. Paul

James McGill Professor of International Relations at McGill University,

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Elizabeth Sidiropoulose

National Director, South African Institute of International Affairs, Braamfontein, South Africa

Tan Tai Yong

Director, Institute for South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Ashley Tellis

Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C.



 Free Download available for issues / Articles marked in Blue







Vol. 6. No. 1

Prospects of India becoming a Global Power

Amitava Tripathi

Vol. 6. No. 2

Pakistan after Abbotabad

Savita Pande

Vol. 6, No. 3

UNSC: Resistance to Revolutionary Change

T. P. Sreenivasan

Vol 6, No. 4

China: Geopolitics of a Thirsty Nation

Uttam Kumar Sinha -

Vol. 7. No. 1

The Durand Line

Satinder Kumar Lambah

Vol. 7, No. 2

Leadership Transition in China – Portends for Future

Srikant Kondapalli

Vol. 7, No. 3

India and Republic of Korea : Growing Strategic Partnership Skand R Tayal And S. K. Mishra

Vol. 7, No. 4

Arab spring: supporting transition to democracy

A. Gopinathan

Vol. 8, No. 1

The RCEP: Integrating India into the Asian Economy 

Kristy Hsu

Vol. 8, No. 2

Transitions in Southern Asia: Implications for India
Deb Mukharji

Vol. 8, No. 3

Role of Armed Forces in India's Foreign Policy

Prabir Chakravorty




Vol. 6, No. 1

Last Days of the Soviet Troops in Afghanistan

I. P. Khosla

Vol. 6, No.2

Climate Change Negotiations - Guarding the ‘Overriding Priorities’,

Chandrasekhar Dasgupta

Vol. 6, No. 3

India’s ‘Rediscovery’ of the East

Sudhir T. Devare

 Vol. 6, No. 4

Many Firsts - Establishment of Chairs of India Studies

Satinder K. Lambah

Vol. 7, No. 1

Iraqi annexation of Kuwait - August 1990: Evacuation of over 110, 000 Indian Nationals:

K. P. Fabian

Vol. 7, No. 2

Sri Lanka: Negotiating an Honourable ‘De-induction’

L. L. Mehrotra

Vol. 7, No. 3

Economic Diplomacy in a Globalised World: Evolving Role of the Ministry of External Affairs:

A. N. Ram

Vol. 7, No. 4

Revisiting the 1972 expulsion of Asians from Uganda

Niranjan Desai

Vol. 8, No. 1

Economic Diplomacy - Some Success Stories

Satinder Kumar Lambah

Vol. 8, No. 2

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Intricate Moments during the Negotiations
Arundhati Ghose

 Contents of Past issues

Vol 1 - 2006

No. 1 - Jan - Mar
No. 2 - Apr - Jun
No. 3 - Jul  - Sep
No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 2 - 2007

No. 1 - Jan - Mar
No. 2 - Apr - Jun
No. 3 - Jul - Sep
No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 3 - 2008

No. 1 - Jan - Mar
No. 2 - Apr-Jun
No. 3 - Jul - Sep
No. 4 - Oct- Dec

Vol 4 - 2009

No. 1 - Jan - Mar
No. 2 - Apr - Jun
No. 3 - Jul - Sep

No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 5 - 2010

No. 1 - Jan - Mar
No. 2 - Apr - Jun

No. 3 - Jul - Sep
No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 6 - 2011

No. 1 - Jan - Mar

No. 2 - Apr - Jun
No. 3 - Jul - Sep

No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 7 - 2012

No. 1 - Jan - Mar

No. 2 - Apr - Jun

No. 3 - Jul - Sep

No. 4 - Oct - Dec

Vol 8 - 2013

No.1 - Jan - Mar

No.2 - Apr - Jun
No.3 - Jul - Sep

No.4 - Oct - Dec

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Last updated: 19-Nov-2013