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India: The Next Superpower?

Hillary Clinton called India "not just a regional power, but a global power".

This report looks at India’s prospects as a great power from economic, military, environmental and soft power perspectives including issues such as democracy and corruption.

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 India: The Next Superpower?


  • Biographies from time of publication
  • Mukulika Banerjee is Reader in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Pathan Unarmed (2000), Why India Votes (Routledge forthcoming) and co-author of The Sari (2003). Her monograph Democracy: An Ethnographic Approach is currently under preparation.
  • Nicolas Blarel is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington and has contributed a chapter on Indo-Israeli relations in Sumit Ganguly (ed.), India’s Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Ramachandra Guha is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS. His books include A Corner of a Foreign Field (2002) an award-winning social history of cricket, and India after Gandhi (2007), which was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Andrew Sanchez is a teaching fellow in Anthropology at LSE, where he earned his PhD in 2009. His current research focuses on trade union corruption and organised crime in the Indian industrial city of Jamshedpur.
  • Sandeep Sengupta is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at Oxford University. He has previously worked as an environmental professional for over eight years, both within and outside the government in India and in international organisations abroad.
  • D. Rajeev Sibal is a PhD candidate at the LSE. He spent 2011-2 as a visiting scholar in Brazil and India. Rajeev also works as a strategy consultant for Fenrix Ltd and was previously in investment banking at Citi. He has Bachelors degrees in Engineering, Economics, and International Affairs from Georgia Tech.
  • Oliver Stuenkel is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science (CPDOC), the International Relations minor at undergraduate level and the executive program in International Relations. His research focuses on rising powers; specifically on Brazil’s, India’s and China’s foreign policy and on their impact on global governance.
  • Harish S. Wankhede is assistant professor of Political Science at the Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi University. He presents his views by interconnecting certain approaches and themes of social science mainly justice, social identity questions and politics of recognition and redistribution.

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