January 1, 2014

How to Solve the India-U.S. Spat

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

The Associated Press

The tiny Indian Foreign Service (just 1,750 people) is an elite body of carefully selected, extremely well-trained and very intelligent career civil servants. The IFS faces some problems, though. First, it is so small that it has a hard time managing India’s growing international portfolio. Second, as Indian politics becomes more populist, life gets harder for the elite bureaucracies, including the foreign ministry, who ruled the roost in India’s post-independence era. In an age of assertive state and regional identity politics, it is much harder for New Delhi bureaucracies to manage India by administrative fiat. Bureaucrats, including those in the foreign ministry, are operating in a much more challenging political environment.

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