Venus and the porcupine: Assessing the European Union-India strategic partnership

Emilian Kavalski

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This article brings together the diverse suggestions on the nascent strategic partnership between the European Union (EU) and India. Apart from focusing on popular and policy perceptions, this inquiry undertakes a discursive assessment of key documents defi ning the institutional and ideational frameworks of relations between Brussels and New Delhi. Such narrative analysisallows for innovative tracing of the genealogy, distinct grammars and contradictions of their interactions. Thus, while many of the commentaries on the emerging agency of the EU and India are primarily aimed at making an empirical contribution, this investigation offers a theoretically-informed refl ection on their debates. The contention is that an analytical observation can elicit underlying patterns that tend to remain occluded by the focus on trade figures, commercial output or military capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
JournalSouth Asian Survey
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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