Paul Staniland is Associate Professor of Political Science and faculty chair of the Committee on International Relations. He is the author of the award-winning book Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (Cornell 2014), as well as a number of peer-reviewed articles on civil war and international security. Staniland's regional focus is South Asia, and he has done field research in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, and Singapore. He is currently working on a book on relations between governments and armed groups in post-colonial South Asia.
Domestic Politics and Indian Foreign Security Policy
India is a rising power: its rapidly growing economy, large military, and pivotal strategic location have made it a far more important international player than in decades past. Yet it is also a highly competitive democracy that faces serious poverty and numerous demands on government resources. This nascent book project explores the relationship between these domesitc politics and India's foreign security policy. It investigates Indian public opinion toward foreign affairs, gathers extensive new quantitative data on when and how parties, politicians, and political movements have mobilized around foreign policy, and uses detailed case studies of specific crises and policy decisions to explore how policymakers understood their domestic incentives and constraints.