In just over two and a half years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made official visits to 45 different countries. While these visits have raised India’s global profile, they have also sought to facilitate foreign investment and strengthen the country’s economy. Relations with the Obama administration in the US have deepened, trade ties with China have improved, an ‘Act East’ policy is being implemented, and the Gulf region is now more important to India’s security and prosperity. India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy is also intended to make the most of India’s influence in South Asia.
What have been the outcomes so far of Modi’s foreign-policy priorities and initiatives? How effective has India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy been? How successful has Modi’s foreign policy been in strengthening India’s economy?
Manish Tewari is an Official Spokesperson of the opposition Congress (I) Party. He was the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (2012–14) in the previous Manmohan Singh government. He is an influential columnist and media commentator on Indian political issues and foreign and security policy, and the author of Decoding a Decade: The Politics of Policymaking (2016).
This discussion meeting was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia. It took place in the fourth-floor Council Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.