“NEIGHBOURHOOD FIRST POLICY” UNDER NARENDRA MODI: INDIA’S STRATEGIC CONCERNS IN SOUTH ASIA

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Do Thanh Ha
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3038-4602

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After becoming the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi made many efforts to consolidate his dominance in South Asia and expand India’s influence in the Indian Ocean. The “neighborhood first policy” was highlighted in India’s foreign policy. Based on historical and logical research methods and studies in international relations, the paper aims to examine the implementation of “neighborhood first policy” through bilateral relations between India and its neighboring countries. These relationships have been facing challenges from the more profound influence and interference of China as well as frequent terrorist incidents due to border disputes, which threatened regional security. Although this policy connected India with its neighboring South Asian countries, there were still challenges. It can be seen that the “neighborhood first policy” was Prime Minister Modi’s effort to nurture bilateral relationships, enhance regional connectivity, and strengthen and elevate India’s position in the region. The progress of the “Neighborhood First” policy is expected to continue more successfully in the next phase.

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Do Thanh Ha. 2023. “‘NEIGHBOURHOOD FIRST POLICY’ UNDER NARENDRA MODI: INDIA’S STRATEGIC CONCERNS IN SOUTH ASIA”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (3):384-400. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2393450th.
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Do Thanh Ha, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I am a doctor with a research passion in terms of International relations, the History of Vietnam, Vietnam’s foreign policy and India’s foreign policy. I pursued my academic journey at the prestigious University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City, where I obtained my bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Recently, I have been working for the university. Up to now, I have authored numerous scientific articles published in many major domestic journals as well as participated in many science workshops. In addition, I am both a chief author and co-author of several published books related to the fields above.