Diaspora and bilateral relations: case study of Indian Americans

Document Type : Research Paper



in recent years Diasporas are considered as an international non-state actor and has played important roles in international arena and foreign relations of states. Because of their important role and status, some scholars consider them as soft power instrument that can be used in political, economic, and technological scopes. Diasporas, depending on their relations with host and home countries, try to affect political trends in both of them. The question of this article is that: how Diasporas affect foreign relations of countries? In response to this question, author examines Indian diaspora and their methods to influence India-USA bilateral relations. Hypothesis of article argues that diaspora use direct and indirect political and economic methods to affect bilateral relations.