Wronged by empire: colonial memories and victimhood in Indian and Chinese foreign policy

Although India and China have very different experiences of colonialism, they respond to that history in a similar way - by treating it as a collective trauma. As a result, they have a strong sense of victimisation that affects their foreign policy decisions even today. In her book, Wronged by Empire, Dr Miller uses the colonial past of India and China to explain some of their puzzling foreign policy choices including the Sino-Indian border conflict, India’s 1998 nuclear tests and China’s opposition to Japan in the UN Security Council. She argues that analysing how these two countries perceive their colonial past is key to understanding their present.

Dr Manjari Chatterjee Miller studies comparative foreign policy and international security, with particular interest in the rise of India and China. Her research has been published in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Asian Security, Foreign Policy, the Indian Express and the Christian Science Monitor. During the current semester, Dr Miller is a Research Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She received her PhD in political science from Harvard in 2007.

This lecture is supported by the Research School of Asia and the Pacific distinguished visitors program at The Australian National University.

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