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This book provides a fresh insight into the role of identity in international and national relations and policy. It analyzes identity conceptions and state behavior, arguing that identities (seen in terms of self/other relations) constitute a crucial element of state interest, both in terms of end goals and strategies. It discusses the effects of secular and religious-cultural understanding of identity on domestic and foreign affairs.

The book presents a discourse on national identity in India, the events from 1990–2003, and how these have influenced the engagement of India with others, especially with Pakistan and China. In this process, it reveals several surprising insights, along with the challenges that confront the country.

Conclusion: Identity Matters, But …
Conclusion: Identity matters, but …

Do exclusive religious-cultural constructions of national Self lead to conflictual engagement with deemed dangerous Others? In other words, is the security dilemma heightened (because of conflict prone actions) when states articulating exclusive religious-cultural national identities interact in the international sphere? The ambiguous answer is, perhaps. And what does this tell us about the relationship between identity, interests and action, which is a core area of concern for international relations (IR) theorists. Simply put, identities appear to have an impact on shaping broad goals but not necessarily specific strategies, and hence, the link between identity and action is ambiguous at best. It is in pursuit of these questions that this study focussed on the examination of secular ...

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