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Sources of IR for a beginner

Which newspaper/ magazine/website covers and explains International Relations in easiest (may or may not be exhaustive) manner?

Which book/ any other source should be referred to for forming a base to build upon? Kindly name that one which keeps the things lighter as I am yet to begin IR segment and find it a bit difficult?

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  • edited June 2014
    Vajiram IR book for 2013 mains.
  • @Doon_20

    As for magazine, Civil service Times gives good articles on International Affairs. Frontline has been another standalone magazine for its very good International Affairs. People also refer to World Focus, but you can refer to that much in deep analysis if you are having Pol Sci optional. Otherwise, that much detail is not necessary.

    Of course, you can read a lot of sites to read up on IA. IDSA(just Google) is a think tank which gives good articles on current topics of International Affairs.
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  • Just in case...because every netsavvy aspirant knows about Mrunal.

    mrunal.org/2012/06/studyplan-india-and-world.html

    (Topic dealt with according to old GS syllabus - "India and the World", but the approach is still relevant to get started.)

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  • For forming a foundation, you can refer to Rajiv Sikri. Then build upon it by reading any of the above-mentioned sources. Once you have a basic idea of international relations, it will be very easy to update it through newspaper reading.
  • just follow hindu and Indian Express.....after consolidation make notes if possible.... Focus on bilateral, multilateral relations of India as well as other relations which have effect on India....neighbourhood countries very very imporatant.....after going through newspapers daily one can easily get the idea of major policy shift in the foreign policy....For getting clear idea further one can watch india's world on Rajya sabha TV and some episodes of Big Picture...Focus should be on different components of Foreign policy...for eg. economy trade, security and nowadays enviornment....thats all nothing to worry ......Remember it is Mains...so they mainly focus on current events.....if political science student then only follow other magazines and books related to foreign affairs.....balanced approach is the best approach and preserve your energy for other part of the syllabus...

  • guys, which one to choose - Rajiv Sikri or IGNOU MPSE-001

  • guys, which one to choose - Rajiv Sikri or IGNOU MPSE-001
    between the two go for sikri. it's better. overall approach is better. if you want to have a little historical perspect also then refer to sumit ganguly's "India's Foreign Policy: Retrospect
    and Prospect.

    do follow hindu's ir section along with cst regularly.
    Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.

  • guys, which one to choose - Rajiv Sikri or IGNOU MPSE-001
    between the two go for sikri. it's better. overall approach is better. if you want to have a little historical perspect also then refer to sumit ganguly's "India's Foreign Policy: Retrospect
    and Prospect.

    do follow hindu's ir section along with cst regularly.
    Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.
  • Pax Indica: India and the World in the Twenty-first Century by Shashi Tharoor

    its look more then enough :)
    we dont need to know abt all past things
    but this book provide much info to understand india point related to others nation's
    rest just need updated with news !!!!!!!
  • if we follow world focus annual issue which came in nov and dec. is it sufficient ???
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