A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Teresita (Tezi) Currie Schaffer ’66 has teamed up with husband Howard B. Schaffer on what might well be the comprehensive look at India as an emerging power player on the international stage.
India at the Global High Table: The Quest for Regional Primacy and Strategic Autonomy (Brookings Institution Press) focuses on the negotiating practices that link the country’s global vision and its foreign policy and the choices it faces between its classic view of strategic autonomy and its desire to find partners in a fast-changing world.
Both Schaffers have served as ambassadors in South Asia—Teresita to Sri Lanka and Howard to Bangladesh—and their experience gives them a front-row view of India’s role on the world stage. In their analysis, they propose four concepts that illuminate India’s global position today: its exceptionalism, its non-alignment and drive to strategic autonomy, its commitment to maintaining its regional primacy, and its rapidly expanding economy.
Frank G. Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to India under Bill Clinton, says of the Schaffers’ book, “They have chronicled India’s rise to great power status and … defined the principles which shape that country’s approach to international affairs and its relations with United States. Carefully examining India’s history, her experience since independence, and looking at India’s approach to bilateral, multilateral, and economic negotiations as well as India’s record in dealing with China and Pakistan, the Schaffers have provided unique insights into the way India defines strategic choices, develops policy, and conducts diplomacy.”
Naresh Chandra, former Indian ambassador to the U.S., and Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to India under George H.W. Bush, have both identified India at the Global High Table as a must-read for diplomats, analysts, and anyone interested in South Asia.
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