Essay

Of Ajit Bolton & John Doval

Print edition : May 25, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump with John Bolton, his National Security Adviser, on April 9. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval. Photo: By Special Arrangement

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a press conference in Tel Aviv on April 29. Photo: Thomas Coex/AP

Foreign policymaking is a sphere where dissenting voices are indispensable. Certitude, a vice of the ideologue, leads to disaster. But in the U.S. and in India professional values in foreign policymaking are discounted.
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