For too long, India's intellectual elite and foreign policy establishment have ignored economic statecraft, focusing instead on the immediacy of security and political diplomacy. Now with Narendra Modi, a focused push to gain lost ground seems likely - and Indian business can play a vital role.
By inviting all SAARC heads of state to his swearing in ceremony and by choosing Bhutan to be the destination of his first foreign trip abroad, Prime mInister Modi has made foreign policy and SAARC central to the new government's agenda.
Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House, comments on bilateral relations with key countries under India's new prime minister Narendra Modi
Though some countries like Russia gained a strong foothold in Central Asia and the Caucasus post-1991, India has been a late-comer. Gateway House interviews former Ambassador to Azerbaijan Debnath Shaw to discuss India’s energy interests in the region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the TAPI pipeline.