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Changing US Foreign Policy toward India

  • Carina van de Wetering
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

On May 17, 2017 at 11:15-12:45, the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs will host a book launch of Dr. Carina van de Wetering’s new monograph “Changing US Foreign Policy toward India: US-India Relations since the Cold War”, which has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan. The event will take place in Wijnhaven room 3.46.
The program of the event will be as follows:
  • Introductory remarks by Prof. Madeleine Hosli, Professor of International Relations at Leiden University
  • Presentation by Dr. Carina van de Wetering, author of “Changing US Foreign Policy toward India: US-India Relations since the Cold War”
  • Comment by Dr. Nicolas Blarel, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
  • Comment by Dr. Jeff Bridoux, Assistant Professor at Aberystwyth University
  • Comment by Dr. Santimo Regilme, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
  • Questions and discussion
Dr. Carina van de Wetering's book uncovers how US-India relations have changed and intensified during the administrations of Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr., and Barack Obama. Throughout the Cold War, US-India relations were often distant and volatile as India mostly received attention at times of grave international crises, but from the late 1990s onwards, the US showed a more sustained interest in India. How was this shift possible? While previous scholarship has focused on the civilian nuclear deal as a turning point, this book presents an alternative account for this change by analyzing how India’s identity has been constructed in different terms after the Cold War. It examines the underlying discourse and explains how this enables or constrains US foreign policymakers when they establish security policies with India and improve US-India relations.

About the speaker

Carina van de Wetering obtained her PhD in Politics with a specialization in IR (unconditional passing) at the University of Bristol, UK, in 2014. She took her BA and MA degrees in both history and political science at Leiden University. Her fields of expertise includes International Relations (IR), foreign policy analysis, security studies, and critical constructivism. More specifically, she is interested in US security policy, discourse analysis, American politics and history, India’s representation, Indian diaspora, rising and declining powers debate, knowledge communities, and think tanks. Currently, she is working on an edited book project on Trust and Mistrust in International Relations.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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