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Multialignment and Indian Foreign Policy under Narendra Modi

Multialignment and Indian Foreign Policy under Narendra Modi AbstractThis article examines India’s emerging approach to foreign policy: multialignment. It argues that since the mid-2000s India has developed multialignment as a means of achieving what it perceives as its core interests and ideals in international relations. Characterised by an emphasis on engagement in regional multilateral institutions, the use of strategic partnerships, and what is termed ‘normative hedging’, multialignment is being utilised to boost India’s economic development and national security, as well as to project influence and promote its values. The article traces the emergence of this strategy during the governments of Manmohan Singh and its implementation and extension by the new government of Narendra Modi. It analyses the key arguments that have been presented in its favour and the ways in which it was been put into practice. It concludes with a brief assessment of multialignment as a strategy, as well as the prospect that it will deliver the dividends expected by India’s foreign policy elite. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Round Table Taylor & Francis

Multialignment and Indian Foreign Policy under Narendra Modi

The Round Table , Volume 105 (3): 16 – May 3, 2016
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 The Round Table Ltd
ISSN
1474-029X
eISSN
0035-8533
DOI
10.1080/00358533.2016.1180760
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Abstract

AbstractThis article examines India’s emerging approach to foreign policy: multialignment. It argues that since the mid-2000s India has developed multialignment as a means of achieving what it perceives as its core interests and ideals in international relations. Characterised by an emphasis on engagement in regional multilateral institutions, the use of strategic partnerships, and what is termed ‘normative hedging’, multialignment is being utilised to boost India’s economic development and national security, as well as to project influence and promote its values. The article traces the emergence of this strategy during the governments of Manmohan Singh and its implementation and extension by the new government of Narendra Modi. It analyses the key arguments that have been presented in its favour and the ways in which it was been put into practice. It concludes with a brief assessment of multialignment as a strategy, as well as the prospect that it will deliver the dividends expected by India’s foreign policy elite.

Journal

The Round TableTaylor & Francis

Published: May 3, 2016

Keywords: India; Indian foreign policy; Manmohan Singh; Narendra Modi; multialignment

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