Mobilizing the State: Indian Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century

The project on “Mobilizing the State: Indian Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century” evaluates how the Indian state has deepened its economic engagements abroad since the turn of the 21st century.

Although economic diplomacy has been an integral part of Indian foreign policy since independence, it has never been as prominent a part of Indian foreign policy and soft power as in the past decade. This first-ever rigorous and systematic study of Indian economic diplomacy seeks both to analyse policy and offer suggestions to the central government on economic interventions abroad. By bringing together leading thinkers on the current state of Indian economic diplomacy, the project will contribute to a better and more nuanced understanding of how the Indian state’s diplomatic engagements have fostered its economic agenda by improving trade, outward foreign direct investment, and opportunity for Indian business abroad.

The project will produce an edited volume on Indian economic diplomacy as well as publicise its findings through a seminar. It is supported by a grant from The Asia Foundation.