India and shared maritime values in the Indo-Pacific

For the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulated India’s vision towards the Indo-Pacific region at the Shangri-La dialogue organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore in June 2018. He emphasised the promotion of a democratic and rules-based international order to keep “our seas, space and airways free and open; our nations…

Values-Derived Diplomacy the Basis for Indian Foreign Policy towards South and Southeast Asia

The approach of Indian foreign policy towards the neighbouring countries labelled as the South or Southeast Asian nations shows a great deal of proper respect for the traditions and values of those neighbouring lands, reflecting the core sentiments of tolerance and a non-discriminating attitude towards those who choose to differ with New Delhi in opinion…

Values in Diplomacy

I was much struck by a recent comment by Henry Kissinger in response to a question about his views on Vladimir Putin. Kissinger describes Mr Putin as someone who “comes out of Dostoevsky”. The reference to the great Russian author in an interview about foreign policy motivations highlights the importance of values in diplomacy. Values…