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Discuss the major implications of a paradigm shift in the United States (US) foreign policy on India.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

4. Discuss the major implications of a paradigm shift in the United States (US) foreign policy on India. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article analyses the changes in the foreign policy of the US.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the major implications of a paradigm shift in the United States (US) foreign policy on India.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with recent happenings in the US foreign policy.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

No longer based on the antiquated friend-or-foe classification: under which transgressions by a “friend” or an “ally” were overlooked if the country was helpful to US self-interests.

Change in character of “smart sanctions”: Directed both against the countries and against individuals, firms, and institutions for alleged transgressions.

Discuss the impact of India.

Conclusion:

Conclude that whether cooperation, competition, or confrontation dominates the nature of the engagement will depend on the specifics, not whether India is a friend or a foe of the US.