What does New Delhi’s engagement with the war in Syria (and Iraq) reveal about India as an international actor?

Alan Bloomfield

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Abstract

This article examines whether New Delhi’s engagement with the ongoing conflict in Syria (and Iraq) demonstrates that India is leaving behind its traditionally cautious and risk-averse foreign policy stance and becoming a more proactive international actor. India has not engaged actively with and has not tried to wield substantial influence over the course of this conflict; instead, after a moderate burst of diplomatic activity in the second half of 2011 India has largely tried to avoid involvement. There are some indications that India is trying to become more proactive in its region, in trade diplomacy, and toward a rising China; yet, results sometimes fail to meet ambitions. Accordingly, the article concludes that, on balance, India’s foreign policy orientation has not yet changed significantly; it remains a cautious, reactive international actor unwilling to engage with and actively shape the outcome of crucial crises or conflicts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-241
Number of pages33
JournalIndia Review
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018

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