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The Discipline of International Relations in India: A Survey of Research

Vinay Kumar Malhotra (Author)
Synopsis The present Survey is India specific and focuses on the contributions of Indian social scientists to the discipline of International Relations (IR). It is objective, quantitative and covers books, unpublished Ph.D. theses, chapters in compendiums and research papers published in reputed journals. It points out growth points as well as loss of interests in the discipline of International Relations. It suggests both over and under-researched areas. The report is being published as a book to help future students, researchers and teachers of IR to set their research priorities and to select their research toipics. The book is unique as ti contains a Survey of reearch that is second of its kind since India's Independence in 1947.

The Objectives of the Survey are:

  • To indulge in a kind of stocktaking exercise indicating what has been achieved in this discipline by Indian researchers and authors in terms of theory, methodology, empirical evidence, invention, new work and what gaps exist that need to be filled;
  • To evaluate growth of International Relations (IR) in the country and status of teaching of the same in Indian universities;
  • To provide the academic community a useful reference material and an intellectual history of the ever growing discipline of International Relations;
  • To help future researchers in International Studies in reviewing what has been done in this discipline in the past and what needs to be done in future; and
  • To help the ICSSR and the UGC in determining their priorities for future research grants and sponsored projects.

The book is divided into nine chapters. The first chapter is introductory and subsequent chapters deal with eight sub-disciplines of IR – Theoretical Study, International Relations History, International Organization, Foreign Policy Analysis, Strategic and Defense Studies, International Law, International Economics and Area Studies. The last chapter sets the agenda for research and growth of IR.
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About the author

Vinay Kumar Malhotra

Dr. Vinay Kumar Malhotra born 1954; B.A. (Honours.), M.A. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D.; 29 years teaching and research experience; 4 years administrative experience; 16 books mostly on international relations, 27 papers and 6 book-reviews published; Life member of IAAS, IACS, IPSA, IACIS-Hyderabad, ILI-New Delhi, IIPA-New Delhi; several national and international seminars and conferences attended; completed collaborative research works with American, Canadian, Russian and Hungarian Professors. Dr. Malhotra has worked for a full semester at the Dept. of Political Science, Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary in 1998. As Guest Research Fellow, he completed research projects at Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI), Denmark in 1999 and 2001. With Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute's Faculty Research Fellowship he conducted and completed another research project in Canada in 2001. He participated in Seminars at Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway and University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. As widely traveled person, he has also visited Austria, England, France and Sweden for academic and research missions. He was president of the Indian Association for American Studies (IAAS) during 2000-01. He was also member of the Executive Council and Governing Council of the Indo-American Centre for International Studies, Hyderabad during 2000-03.

At present, he is working as Principal of Markanda National (PG) College, Shahabad-Markanda, Haryana. As Head, he taught at Post-graduate Dept. of Political Science, Gandhi Memorial National College (Kurukshetra University), Ambala Cantonment for 29 years. The Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada has given him the status of affiliate and visiting Professor. He was also member of Kurukshetra University's PG as well as UG Board of Studies in Political Science.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Discipline of International Relations in India: A Survey of Research
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher K.K. Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788178440750
length x+194p., References; Index; 23cm.