Professor Ian Hall
Presented by: Professor Ian Hall, Griffith Asia Institute & School of Government and International Relations
This paper examines India’s emerging approach to foreign policy: multialignment. It argues that since the mid-2000s India has developed multialignment as a means of achieving what it perceives as its core interests and ideals in international relations. Characterised by an emphasis on engagement in regional multilateral institutions, the use of strategic partnerships, and what is termed ‘normative hedging’, multialignment is being utilised to boost India’s economic development and national security, as well as to project influence and promote its values. The paper traces the emergence of this strategy during the governments of Manmohan Singh and its implementation and extension by the new government of Narendra Modi. It analyses the key arguments that have been presented in its favour and the ways in which it was been put into practice. It concludes with a brief assessment of multialignment as a strategy, as well as the prospect that it will deliver the dividends expected by India’s foreign policy elite.
Ian Hall is a Professor of International Relations at Griffith and a member of both the Griffith Asia Institute and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy. His recent books include Dilemmas of Decline: British Intellectuals and World Politics, 1945-1975 (2012) and, as editor, The Engagement of India: Strategies and Responses (2014). His research interests include the history of international thought and Indian foreign policy.
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