“The rise of authoritarian movements presents an increasing illiberal trend in international affairs.  A rapidly modernizing China is at the vanguard of this phenomenon.  Does this signal the demise of western democracy and the dawn of an authoritarian era in world politics?

In this book, Chris Ogden argues that the world is on the verge of a capitulation to China’s preferred authoritarian order.  As other world powers adopt such values, they are facilitating the normalization of this authoritarianism into a dominant global phenomenon.  This shift, he says, will transform global institutions, human rights and political systems, and herald an authoritarian century”.


‘… an excellent volume, … visually engaging and easy to navigate, this is a must-use resource for all working on the central dynamics of contemporary world politics’ (Nick Bisley, La Trobe University, Melbourne)

‘… an in-depth view into quantitative factors of power, … this monograph is a must-read for students, academics and practitioners interested in the concept of power and its real-world applications’ (Tanguy Struye de Swielande, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)

‘… a series of riveting infographs, … deep insights are on offer at a glance’ (Bharat Karnad, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi)


‘… an elegant and insightful introduction to the complex dynamics shaping India’s national security policies; … a necessary primer for anyone interested in contemporary India’s nation building at home and expanding international role’ (C. Raja Mohan, Carnegie India)

‘… “one for the road”, a good buy; … the real sting of Ogden’s work … needs (to) be taken seriously by national security minders and their political supervisors’ (Ali Ahmed, in The Book Review)

‘… if you want an intelligent overview of India’s national security, this dense, pithy volume is it’ (Kanti Bajpai, National University of Singapore)

‘… wonderfully written with attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture, … the go-to book for students and scholars of Indian national security’ (Manjeet S. Pardesi, Victoria University of Wellington)

‘… well-versed in the academic literature of international relations theory and practice; … for the reader wanting a comprehensive … review of China and India in the contemporary international system, this book certainly passes muster’ (Lawrence R. Sullivan, in Journal of Chinese Political Science)

‘… writing with clarity and verve, Ogden demonstrates an extraordinary mastery of the subject.  His magisterial analysis makes a unique and invaluable contribution to the field’ (Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University at Bloomington)

‘… Ogden provides an indispensable guide to how the re-emergence of China and India will likely transform 21st century international relations; … he rightly argues (that) their distinctive political identities will shape their foreign policy agendas’ (Ian Hall, Griffith University)

‘… (a) seminal piece of work; … the striking interpretation [of new events] adds immense wealth to the contemporary literature’ (Mithila Urmila Bagai, University of Delhi, in International Studies)

‘… makes a compelling case that there is a need for … a makeover in adversarial thinking; … such Ogden-initiated thinking needs (to) be furthered through creatively charting the path forward’ (Ali Ahmed, in The Book Review)

‘… an alternative inter-subjective understanding of the South Asian security framework; …  do(es) a remarkable job of underlining important theoretical strands’ (Medha Bisht, South Asian University, in Strategic Analysis)

‘… a welcome addition to the discourse on regional security in South Asia, … a new approach that inspire(s) upcoming scholars and academics to explore unconventional methods in their studies & analyses’ (S.D. Muni, in India Quarterly)

‘… an excellent comprehensive textbook; … arguably the best introduction to Indian foreign policy available for readers today’ (Rahul Mukherji, Heidelberg University, in Pacific Affairs Review)

‘… classic textbooks are still rare, … a sophisticated, highly readable account … (that is) bound to become the new standard textbook on Indian foreign policy’ (Arndt Michael, University of Friedburg, in Political Studies Review)

‘… systematic and original; … (it is) required reading … for anyone who seeks a more profound understanding of the dynamics and drivers of India’s foreign policy’ (Simona Vittorini, SOAS, in Commonwealth & Comparative Politics)

‘… by far the ablest study on the Parivar’s priorities on Indian security.  His conclusion seems almost prophetic’ (A.G. Noorani, in Frontline)

‘… offers a detailed theoretical apparatus; … meticulous, … persuasive … (and) convincing’ (Pallavi Raghavan, Centre for Policy Research, in India Seminar)

‘… until now much of the assessment of the BJP/NDA security policy has been impressionistic, … Ogden’s work is a start in treating the subject with the seriousness it deserves’ (Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in The Book Review)

‘… commendable in that it has been successful in demystifying the BJP; … a valuable read (that) holds greater significance now than ever before’ (Stuti Banerjee, in Journal of Defence Studies)

‘… an excellent handbook, … I do not know of a book that better fulfils this goal; … (provides) a smorgasbord of concise, clear, engaging and accessible chapters’  (Teresa Wright, California State University, in Pacific Affairs)

‘… laudable and ambitious; … heartily recommended as an introduction to a range of important topics, and as an excellent overview of the relevant issues and institutions’ (Jens Hein, Chatham House, in International Affairs)