New Delhi will likely shift to seek the narrative away from the Ukraine War and toward more pressing development issues in the Global South.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced India to strike a balance between warming relations with the West and its historical ties to Moscow. But this balance is quickly becoming hard to maintain.
Recent policy disclosures reflect an attempt by the Biden administration to bridge the divergent interests of Washington’s Pacific- and Atlantic-based allies. Success won’t come easy.
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan reshuffles the geopolitical deck in Central Asia, leaving India with what appears to be a losing hand.
If the Quad wants to operationalize its multilateralism in a way that doesn’t directly antagonize China, then Afghanistan would be a good place to start.
Tokyo and New Delhi are being forced to walk a fine line between human rights and their own economic and security imperatives.