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MPSE-001: India and the World

IGNOU via Swayam


India has emerged as a power to reckon with in world affairs. As India rises in the world order, it should not only visualize its interests, strategies and vision with great clarity but also communicate them effectively to the world. This course offers a comprehensive overview of India’s foreign policy, bilateral relations with other nations, regional and international organizations etc. It gives insights about changing contours of the world politics and India’s evolving images of the world. It imparts knowledge about India as a rising economic powerhouse, nuclear-armed state and as an important regional power also. The course engages discussion and analysis of the key contemporary global issues such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, ecological issues, international terrorism, migration and human security. In fact, it is a comprehensive course which is intended to make you aware at an advanced academic level about the theoretical issues and specific themes that are central to India’s World view and Vice versa. It will be quite helpful for the aspirants of different competitive examinations and interviews also. Course Credit-4


Course layout




Evolution of India's World view

India’s Foreign Policy: An Overview

Approaches to the Study of India’s Foreign Policy


Determinants of India’s foreign policy

Decision-making Institutions of India’s Foreign Policy and Function

India’s Foreign Policy in Nehru Era

India’s Foreign Policy during Cold War


India’s Foreign Policy after Cold War

India’s Foreign Policy under NDA – I

India’s Foreign Policy in NDA-II


India-US Relations

India-European Union Relations

India-Russia Relations

India-GCC States Relations


India-China Relations

India-Pakistan Relations

India-Bangladesh relations


India’s first Neighbourhood-first policy

India’s Look East and India's Act-East Policy

India’s Look West Policy



India-Nepal relations

India – Sri Lanka Relations

India-Myanmar Relations

India-Bhutan Relations

India-Maldives Relations


India and West Asia

India and Central Asia

India – South America Relations

India-Latin America-Caribbean (LAC)


India in Indo-Pacific Theatre

India-South East Asian Countries

India’s Policy towards Africa


India’s National Security

India’s Nuclear Policies and Nonproliferation

India and Terrorism

Humanitarian Intervention


India and United Nations

India and Regional Organisations

India’s Foreign Economic Policy

Non-Government International Institutions (World Bank, IMF and WTO etc.)


India’s Geopolitics, Strategic Stature and Leadership

India’s Environmental Challenges

India and Energy Security Issues

India’s Non-Traditional Security

Taught by

Prof. Satish Kumar

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