Diaspora and Diplomacy: The Study of Indian Diaspora in the United States

Author Name

Urbi Das

Author Address

Assistant Professor, West Bengal Educational Services (WBES). Email- [email protected]


India, US, Diaspora, diplomacy, soft power, foreign policy


Globalization of the present century has created a global village connecting people of various regions, socio-economic, political and cultural backgrounds. Today International relations is about interconnectedness among populations of different countries. In the recent years where government is becoming more people-centric, one of crucial agents of diplomacy are the people residing in the country. This has made Diaspora an important agent of diplomacy. Again, globalization has enhanced the role of public in foreign affairs and Diaspora plays an important role in promoting good relations between nations. Diasporas communities also rallies for different policies that can bring about significant breakthrough in relations between nations.

The paper delves into the role of Diaspora in diplomacy by studying the role of Indian Diaspora in the United States. The Indian Diaspora is considered as one of the most influential ethnic communities in the U.S. and is the result of the culmination of different phases of Indian migration to the United States. The Indian Diaspora plays a crucial role in promoting and enhancing positive and friendly relations between India and the United States. It often lobbies for positive changes in foreign policy.

The paper evaluates the role Diaspora in the diplomatic relations between countries with special reference to India and USA. It traces the root of Indian Diaspora in the US and how it has evolved as one of the most significant elements of foreign policy. It also studies the influence of Diaspora in foreign policy making. Finally the paper analyzes the role of Diaspora in soft power diplomacy with special reference to Indo-US relations. 


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