India is sometimes regarded as a potentially vital counterweight to China in the Indo-Pacific region. However, even though New Delhi has close security ties with the US and certain Asian countries, at the same time it exercises cautious restraint vis-à-vis Beijing. Tense relations continue in the South Asian neighborhood, with the long-lasting dispute between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir threatening to disrupt regional stability and security. In terms of global governance, India has stepped up its engagement and assumed a more active role in various international forums. One example of this is climate policy, where India has invested considerably in both financial and diplomatic terms. Furthermore, Europe has a high stake in good relations with India. India has had a strategic partnership with the EU since 2004, but its achievements have been underwhelming. While FTA negotiations have stalled and disagreements exist at the level of international issues, the EU recently published a revised strategy on India.
It is the aim of this symposium, consisting of two sessions including panel discussions, to examine these and other key elements of India’s foreign policy. The first session will explore how India situates itself within the emerging regional order and how it positions itself against the background of rising US-China rivalry. The second session will focus on relations with the EU, and assess whether the era of “benign neglect” between the EU and India is coming to an end.