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.