Global Governance | Analysis and New Insights

Back to Reality: India’s National Interests and Multilateralism

Radha Kumar and Ambassador Achal Malhotra | February 2014


How far has India gone in achieving its vision of acting as a stabilizer in its neighborhood, a balancer in Asia, a reformer of global trade and monetary policies, and a responsible power in international peace and security?

At first glance, it would appear, not very far. Over the past five years, India’s hesitation to tackle major global issues has begun to breed cynicism, and today a consensus has begun to build in influential quarters that India can be written off.

Authors Radha Kumar and Ambassador Achal Malhotra examine India’s national interests and multilateral policy today and prospects for the future.