India’s Strategic Autonomy Enters the Gulf Waters

Emerging realignments in the Middle East led by the China-brokered agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran drive India to pursue greater strategic autonomy as rival regional powers diversify their foreign policy, embracing pragmatism and national interests over ideology and geopolitics.

India’s Strategic Autonomy Enters the Gulf Waters
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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