Nefcast - India's New Neighbourhood Policy: Can It Deliver?
Added on: December 12, 2016
For decades, India has enforced a policy based on a right of first refusal when Nepal and its other smaller neighbors required economic and security assistance. This approach has hardly been successful and is now no longer sustainable, especially as China expands its footprint across South Asia and presents itself as a competitive alternative. Prime Minister N. Modi’s “neighborhood first” emphasis on cross-border connectivity seeks to correct this gap by increasing India’s capacity of first delivery. In this talk, Dr. Xavier outlined the drivers and objectives of New Delhi’s new approach to South Asia and the avenues and challenges in fostering regional integration beyond just SAARC. Based on his research on India-Nepal relations in the 1950s, 1980s and 2000s, he also discussed what New Delhi and Kathmandu can learn from the past to enhance bilateral cooperation in the future. Dr. Constantino Xavier is an associate at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. His research focus is on India’s foreign policy, with emphasis on relations with its neighbouring countries and South Asian regional security