Edited By Pascaline Winand, Andrea Benvenuti and Max Guderzo
The book further shows the significance of the institutional interplay within the EU, and between EU institutions, member states and external actors led by their own internal dynamics to explain policy outcomes. It investigates to what extent the perceptions of the international community towards the European Communities and the EU have been influenced by the complexity of their decision-making and the difficulty of reconciling the views of member states on key external relations issues. The authors also study the interplay of non-EU countries and the EU within the broader context of international and regional institutions and forums for international cooperation.
The EU’s Place in India’s Foreign and Security Policy
Adjunct Fellow, Monash European and EU Centre
In 2004 the European Union and India signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement. In spite of all the efforts made by both sides, EU-India relations have generally lagged behind the expectations of many policy-makers involved in this process. While still evolving, the partnership with the EU has been greatly overshadowed by India’s pre-occupation with its Strategic Partnership with the United States and its complex and uneasy relations with immediate neighbours, particularly China and Pakistan. Several European diplomats interviewed by the author expressed their frustration at New Delhi’s apparent lacklustre efforts to further advance India’s Strategic Partnership with the EU.
This chapter focuses on EU-India relations and examines the significance of the EU for Indian foreign and security strategy. This is first explored in the context of the Indian foreign policy elite’s perceptions about external threats facing the country and their views of India’s external security environment and, secondly, in the context of the enduring tension in New Delhi between idealist and realist approaches to international politics. The discussion essentially places the evolving relations between the EU and India in the broader context of India’s security predicament or conundrum: how to take advantage of the country’s unique geopolitical location against the backdrop of a rather hostile neighbourhood, being permanent hostage to the multiplicity of internal and external security challenges, while simultaneously aspiring to become a “great power” of the 21st century. The chapter is divided...
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