Can India Revive Nonalignment?

Nonaligned seating: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, is received by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Can India Revive Nonalignment?

Nonalignment is an impossible dream, even perilous, for states with big aspirations.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is leading a large delegation to the summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran this week. A foreign policy of nonalignment – friends to all – is tempting for any state, but particularly for a populous democracy like India. Under Jawaharlal Nehru, India navigated the Cold War with such a policy of nonalignment, balancing ties and trade with both the US and the Soviet Union. But in a more complex and multipolar world, India faces potential threats, even from close neighbors.