Miller Publishes Op-Ed on India’s Nonalignment Amid Crisis in Ukraine

Manjari Chatterjee Miller, currently a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and on leave from the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where she is an Associate Professor of International Relations, published a Foreign Affairs op-ed on the crisis in Ukraine and how India might influence the ongoing situation.  

In the article, titled “India’s Faltering Nonalignment,” Miller outlines the influence India could have on the Ukraine crisis if it chose to either criticize Russia, support its decision, or abstain from getting involved at all. India has become an increasingly influential world power, and Miller argues that the world is beginning to look to New Dehli in this increasingly multipolar world. As a country that has traditionally shied away from formal alliances, involving itself in the Ukraine crisis or other international disputes is an unappealing prospect to India; however, Miller argues that the country’s tradition of “strategic autonomy” is already difficult to maintain, even more so as time goes on.

An excerpt:

India is the only big power that can draw on decades of friendship to pressure Moscow and tell it hard truths. That means New Delhi is uniquely positioned not just to shore up its own geopolitical position but also to prevent a deeply destabilizing and extremely violent conflict. India’s alternative, trying to avoid the crisis in order to maintain “strategic autonomy,” won’t wash.

The full article can be read on Foreign Affairs‘ website.

Manjari Chatterjee Miller is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She works on foreign policy and security issues with a focus on South and East Asia. Her most recent book, Routledge Handbook of China–India Relations (Routledge & CRC Press, 2020), is the comprehensive guide to the Chinese-Indian relationship covering expansive ideas ranging from the historical relationship to current disputes to AI. Learn more about her on her Pardee School faculty profile