Archive for January, 2014

India and the Syrian Crisis

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Although India has been invited to conferences amongst other world powers concerning Syria, Indien Rundreise argues that certain circumstances prevent India from being a capable player in the Syrian crisis. For example, it is important to realize that the major critics of Syria, including the US, Russia, and others, have different opinions on confronting the crisis. These influences may manipulate India’s Syria policy. Additionally, the Indian government should consider its ethnic links to Syria, and the dangers of intervening in a Muslim majority state considering India’s internal religious violence.


In this article, Rajendra Abhyankar argues that India should intervene in Syria to defend democracy in Syria and assuage the threat of the conflict in the Gulf region. Additionally, the population of Indians in Syria’s region (around 7.5 million) could be especially targeted by the violence, requiring protection from the Indian government.


The decision to allow India to interact in the Geneva talks reflects India’s status as a rising world power. Like Rundreise however, I don’t believe that India is fully prepared to act in Syria. Internal crises, like the energy shortage and healthcare problems, should force Indian policymakers to focus on its own instability. There are 2.3 million registered Syrian refugees, and India does not have the resources to help assuage this issue.

Welcome to the class blog for Indian Foreign Policy

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We shall use this space to extend our class discussions and share items that we find while working on the research paper. Feel free to visit often as all of us will post and respond frequently. The blog also provides links to Indian publications as well as other web-sites that you might find useful for your research.

I look forward to an engaging discussion and interesting posts!