‘Towards a New Age of Geopolitical Competition:
Navigating India’s rise in a contested international
Mr. Shyam Saran,
Research and Information System for
The end of the Cold War inaugurated a quarter of a century of relative calm and limited cooperation in major power relations. This appears to have given way to renewed geopolitical competition with new points of friction emerging among the major powers. This is occurring precisely at a time when the world is confronted with a series of new global challenges such as international terrorism, Climate Change, Cyber Security, global pandemics and the continuing fragility of the global economy. These challenges demand more not less international cooperation, particularly among the major powers. For India this means navigating a much more complex and rapidly changing geopolitical environment in order to safeguard its security and promote its economic and social development. A coherent and comprehensive national security strategy with appropriate human and institutional capacities is indispensable to meeting this challenge successfully.
Mr. Shyam Saran is currently Chairman of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. A former Foreign Secretary, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change and has been Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board.