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Assessing India at the United Nations in the Changing Context


  • C.S.R. Murthy


The United Nations (UN) has been a useful instrument for India not only in pursuing its foreign policy goals effectively, but also for the progressive and peaceful transformation of the global political system. The changing priorities of the country’s political leadership, the challenge of reconciling subjective interests with objective principles, the nuanced pursuit of non-alignment and sensitivity to the existing international system have historically worked as factors to create a mix of effects in India’s performance in the world body. In the intricate agenda of the new century, India’s participation highlights concerns on reinforcing the core strengths of the UN in managing non-traditional security threats, including transnational terrorism, mobilizing collective action in the era of globalization for minimizing the economic inequities, both within and between countries, and lastly revitalization of the UN structures including, in particular, the Security Council’s composition through comprehensive reforms by common agreement. As for future strategy, the hope of replaying its past leadership role may be a less appropriate and acceptable option than building pragmatic and issue-based partnerships with all relevant countries in multilateral negotiation settings.

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  • C.S.R. Murthy, 2010. "Assessing India at the United Nations in the Changing Context," International Studies, , vol. 47(2-4), pages 205-223, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:intstu:v:47:y:2010:i:2-4:p:205-223

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