In the post-Cold War period, India is increasingly moving away from its previous non-aligned stance. China’s rise and India’s own economic growth and increased ambitions are all factors behind this changing outlook. Since taking up office in 2014, the current Modi government has showed that India is now willing to build more comprehensive relations with the great powers, which again may impact on the regional dynamic.
The conference, India and the Great Powers, will examine India’s relations with the great powers, emphasising particularly the US, China, Russia and Japan, and analysing change and continuity under the current government. Today’s complex Sino-Indian relationship, combining economic co-operation with strategic rivalry, may be seen as an underlying factor in all of these, with the potential for wide-ranging effects.
What are China’s strategic interests in Central and South Asia? How does India respond to China’s economic growth and increasing footprint in India’s neighborhood, both along its continental and maritime frontiers? How is China’s increased regional and global presence affecting India’s relations with great powers such as the US, Russia and Japan? Are we witnessing increased great power co-operation or great power rivalry in Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific theatre? The conference, India and the Great Powers, aims to produce new insights on India’s relations with the great powers, in light of the ongoing processes of change.