Looking west 1: Iran and the Gulf

Authored by: Mukund Narvenkar

Handbook of India’s International Relations

Print publication date:  May  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9781857435528
eBook ISBN: 9780203828861
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The first breakthrough in the new era of India’s foreign policy in the 1990s saw an eastwards shift, a new ‘Look East’ foreign policy to engage South-East Asia. In more recent years, under Manmohan Singh (2004–present) this has been complemented by a westwards shift, a ‘Look West’ policy to engage with Iran and the Arabian/Persian (depending on whose side one was on) ‘Gulf’. 1 This Look West policy is the focus of this chapter.

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