India has found itself in a difficult position after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has been a long-standing partner for India in multilateral fora but also in terms of defense cooperation, playing a key role in India’s national security. More broadly, Russia has been seen as a potential balancer of the rising power of China which has threatened India’s interest in the region. At the same time, the growing ties of India with Western partners, including via increasingly closer security cooperation within the Quad and outreach towards the EU, have been tested by India’s unwillingness to directly condemn Russia. Jagannath Panda joins this edition of the podcast to talk about the factors behind India’s position and its broader views of the security environment in the Indo-Pacific and ties with China.
This month’s guest:
- Jagannath Panda, Head of Stockholm Centre for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs (SCSA-IPA), Institute for Security & Development Policy, Sweden.