By Padmini Gopal*

India’s GDP of US$1.8 trillion and an expected growth rate of 6.4 per cent in the year 2015 is a testament to India’s present status as a rising world power. Moreover, India’s present nuclear competence and clout, with almost 90-110 nuclear warheads, makes India’s current status unequivocal. Despite that, India seems to be plagued with ‘interstate rivalries that resemble 19th century Europe’ along with a myriad of challenges that beset the 21st century, such as terrorism, cyber security, climate change and maritime piracy.

So has India developed a long-term strategy in its foreign policy? Padmini Gopal, Research Intern at CPPR does an analysis of interviews conducted with Government officials and suggests that India has not been able to do so as the officials, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers, are overburdened with multiple responsibilities and portfolios. She attributes understaffing problem as inherent within the IFS system, which can affect India’s capability of creating a sound long-term national strategy.

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* The Author worked as Research Intern at CPPR and is currently pursuing her Bachelors in International Relations from Trinity College, CT, USA
Views are personal and do not represent the opinion of CPPR
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