India’s Stance on the ‘Asian NATO’: Between ‘Status’ and ‘Security’ Dilemmas
‘Security’ and ‘status’ complexities are critical impediments for any state’s foreign policy; and India is no different. This article argues that as the China threat looms large, New Delhi will not be in complete repudiation of an ‘Asian NATO’ (or “Indo-Pacific NATO”), despite strategically refraining from being party to a definitive military alliance and an age-old non-alignment principle. However, India’s support will be contingent on the future trajectory of its ties with Beijing. In this context, the article identifies two hypothetical ‘extremities’ – or scenarios – that may encourage New Delhi not only to endorse but also promote a militarized defence coalition in the Indo-Pacific: the outbreak of an India-China war 2.0, which cannot be entirely ruled out in the future, and China’s forceful occupation of Taiwan, that forces India to revisit or rethink its acceptance of the ‘One China’ policy. The ‘security’ and ‘status’ challenges would embolden India to embrace alliance politics with more gusto, even though such a scenario remains a distant possibility.
Europe’s Pivot to India: Examining India’s NATO Calculus Amid China’s Fall from Grace
This article was originally posted on TRENDS Research and Advisory’s website, you can find the article (and the references named in the article) here. India’s so-called “strategic ambivalence” on […]
Three Decades of India’s Eastward Engagement: China’s Perceptions and Responses
Abstract: This issue brief looks into China’s perceptions and responses to India’s Act East Policy. It argues that China sees India’s Act East Policy in three phases – the first […]
Quad 4.0? To Securitize or Not to Securitize
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Russian Foreign Policy under Putin: What Does it Mean for India?
Abstract: The special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia has been under renewed scrutiny since the latter launched an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. New Delhi has […]
China in Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands: Role of Littorals in the Geopolitical Competition
Abstract: This issue brief discusses the growing Chinese sphere of influence in Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands, its impact on the region and on the regional powers, India and Australia. […]
Seoul’s Changing Indo-Pacific Manifesto and India: Policy Prescriptions for India-ROK Ties
Abstract: China’s stupendous rise and the subsequent rivalry with the US for global hegemony have forced countries to choose sides; caught between a rock and a hard place, middle powers […]