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India’s Arctic Policy

  • Aki Tonami
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Abstract

India tends to look at its Arctic engagement through an Antarctic lens, preferring to treat the Arctic as a global commons subject to an international legal regime similar to the Antarctic Treaty. India’s foreign policy towards the Arctic is backed by a pragmatic awareness of an intra-Asia competition against China, a sense of victimization under colonialism and a deep desire to gain and regain status especially regarding territories. Some refer to the need to relate the Arctic to the Himalayas, the “third pole” of the world, but this idea appears to remain conceptual. It remains to be seen whether India’s actions will match its rhetoric in the Arctic.

Keywords

India Non-Arctic Observers The third pole The Antarctic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aki Tonami
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  1. 1.Nordic Institute of Asian StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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