Central Asia: Geopolitics and “New Great Game”



This chapter covers the historicity of India–Central Asia relationship, energy trade since 1991, India’s “Connect Central Asia” policy, “Great Game” and “New Great Game” rhetoric, and how Afghanistan and Iran will be a conduit links to the Central Asian energy market. The historicity of relations is well explained with the past migration of population, Islamic invasion of India, silk route and trade linkages. The energy trade is explained with the existing oil and natural gas potentials in Central Asia and Indian investment in oil and natural gas sectors there. Indian foreign policy intends to analyse India’s overall relations with Central Asia, with a specific focus on the energy sector.


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  1. 1.International RelationsPandit Deendayal Petroleum UniversityGandhinagarIndia

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