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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.

Ever since its launch in February 2006, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, a peer reviewed 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 experienced decision makers, serious scholars and seasoned commentators. 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 tête-à-tête 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


Chintamani Mahapatra,

Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and

Professor for American Studies, Centre for Canadian, U.S. and Latin American Studies,

School for International Studies, JNU, New Delhi



R. Rajagopalan,

Past President, Member of the Executive Committee,

Association of Indian Diplomats, New Delhi

Preeti Singh
Seema Nambiar Venugopal

Vivek Mishra

Assistant Professor, Netaji Institute for Asian Studies,






Ex-Officio Members


Amitava Tripathi,

President, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi.

Sanjay Singh,

Vice President, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi.

D. N. Srivastava,

Secretary, Association of Indian Diplomats,

New Delhi

Achal Kumar Malhotra,

Treasurer, Association of Indian Diplomats, New Delhi

Nominated Members

Rajiv K. Bhatia,

Former Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi

S.T. Devare

Ram Sathe Chair Professor, Symbiosis International University, Pune

Darvesh Gopal

Professor of Political Science and Director, School of Social Sciences,

Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Arvind Gupta

Former Director General, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Gopalji Malviya

Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies,

University of Madras, Chennai.

Abdul Nafey,

Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Canadian, US and Latin, School for International Studies, New Delhi

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.

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