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Discuss the possible role that Think Tanks play in foreign policy of India.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

2. Discuss the possible role that Think Tanks play in foreign policy of India. (250 words)

Reference: News on Air  

Why the question:

While inaugurating the 6th edition of the Raisina Dialogue recently, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that India has walked the talk during the pandemic by not only ensuring vaccines for its own citizens but also supporting the Covid response efforts of other countries.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the possible role that Think Tanks play in foreign policy of 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 by explaining what think tanks are.  

Body:

Explain the role of think tanks in foreign policy making.

Filling the gap between academia and policy making: Think tanks play an important role in bridging the gap between research activities and policy making. They play an important role in pre- and post-decision-making stages and help to provide policy makers with subject matter expertise. IDSA for instance played an important role in conveying India’s stand on nuclear policy to the international community through various track 2 dialogues.

Provide a neutral platform to discuss contentious issues: for political leaders, bureaucrats and military officials to discuss contentious issues like border disputes or water sharing agreements.

Provide assessment on emerging issues: Think tanks have been involved in research activities

on areas like environmental degradation, climate change, maritime pollution. The Centre for Science and Environment has been one of the top ranked environmental policy think tanks in the world and has been at the forefront of communicating the urgency for sustainable and equitable development.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance.