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" Every country faces difficult decisions in foreign policy and national security. Sometimes those choices turn out to be correct, other times they do not. In this insider's account, Shivshankar Menon describes some of the most crucial scenarios India has faced during his long career in government-and how key personalities often had to make choices based on incomplete information under the pressure of fast-moving events. Menon either participated directly in or was associated with all the major Indian foreign policy decisions he describes in Choices. These include the 2005-08 U.S.-India…mehr

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" Every country faces difficult decisions in foreign policy and national security. Sometimes those choices turn out to be correct, other times they do not. In this insider's account, Shivshankar Menon describes some of the most crucial scenarios India has faced during his long career in government-and how key personalities often had to make choices based on incomplete information under the pressure of fast-moving events. Menon either participated directly in or was associated with all the major Indian foreign policy decisions he describes in Choices. These include the 2005-08 U.S.-India nuclear agreement; the first-ever boundary-related agreement between India and China; India's decision not to use overt force against Pakistan in response to the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai; the 2009 defeat of the Tamil rebellion in Sri Lanka; and India's disavowal of the first-use of nuclear weapons. Menon examines what these choices reveal about India's strategic culture and decisionmaking, its policies toward the use of force, its long-term goals and priorities, and its future behavior. Choices will be of interest to anyone searching for answers to questions about how one of the world's great rising powers confronts and arrives at decisions on the world stage, and the tough choices that sometimes have to be made. "
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Shivshankar Menon is a former foreign secretary and national security advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. He also served as India's ambassador to China, Sri Lanka, Israel, and Pakistan. He is presently a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution and chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi India.