The Routledge Handbook of Indian Defence Policy: Themes, Structures and Doctrines

2nd Edition

Harsh V. Pant

Routledge India
June 19, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 420 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367370282 - CAT# 331332


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The Routledge Handbook of Indian Defence Policy brings together the most eminent scholarship in South Asia on India’s defence policy and contemporary military history. It maps India’s political and military profile in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region, and analyses its emergence as a global player.

This edition of the handbook:

  • Canvasses over 60 years of Indian defence policy, it’s relation to India’s rising global economic profile, as well as foreign policy shifts;
  • Discusses several key debates that have shaped defence strategies through the years; military doctrine and policy; internal and external security challenges; terrorism and insurgencies;
  • Explores the origins of the modern armed forces in India; evolution of the army, navy and air forces; investments in professional military education, intelligence and Net-centric Warfare; reforms in paramilitary forces and the Indian police;
  • Comments on India’s contemporary strategic interests, focusing on the rise of China, nuclearisation of India and Pakistan’s security establishments, and developments in space security and missile defence. 

Taking stock of India’s defence planning architecture over the past decade, this accessibly written handbook will be an indispensable resource for scholars and researchers of security and defence studies, international relations and political science, as well as for government think tanks and policymakers.

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