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Signs of a Pivot to Arctic Energy and the Northern Sea Route

India’s Arctic Policy

The Arctic policy is a nascent step forward in the articulation of India’s Arctic interests since the draft Arctic policy in 2020 and being accorded the observer status in the Arctic Council. However, the release of the policy without an accompanying plan indicates that India’s larger engagement in the Arctic is still at the formative stage.

 

The world is entering the age of the Arctic, an era in which those concerned with international peace and security will urgently need to know much more about the region.

—Oran Young (1985)

Presently, the Arctic region forms a small and limited field within a broader Indian foreign policy discourse and is yet to find its way to the mainstream. India’s Arctic engagement does not exist in the minds of a majority of Indians, be it strategic or foreign policy experts or the general public. Perhaps this explains that only limited research has been done in analysing India’s Arctic engagements, viewed from India’s strategic and foreign policy perspective.

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Updated On : 14th May, 2022
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