Modi used his Congress address to present India as a credible and reliable partner for America in these uncertain times.
The rapid resurgence of China and the slower emergence of India are compelling a reframing of their shared spaces into the composite notion of the Indo-Pacific.
The final meeting between Obama and Modi will be a reflection of the achievements in the last two years, and will lay the groundwork for the future.
Modi and Obama must work out a new framework for geo-political burden-sharing between India and the United States.
Given China’s growing force projection capabilities, the United States and India will have to work together to develop a strategy of balancing, without containing, China.
Delhi no longer has the luxury of viewing South Asia as India’s “backyard.”
Delhi finds it hard to elicit China’s support on key international priorities of its own, including India’s integration into the global nuclear order.
The fact that it has taken more than a decade for India to begin work on the Chabahar port project reveals the deep-rooted internal constraints on India’s regional economic strategy.
The growing prominence of nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s national security strategy casts a shadow of nuclear use over any potential military strategy India might consider to strike this balance. However, augmenting its nuclear options with tactical nuclear weapons is unlikely to bolster Indian deterrence in convincing ways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Iran, the first bilateral visit to Tehran by an Indian prime minister in 15 years, comes at a critical juncture in the rapid evolution of India’s engagement with the region.