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With the forces of globalisation blurring the lines between sovereignty and interdependence, the world is at a point where bilateralism and multilateralism have become the need of the hour. In the international system, there exists a dynamic relationship between the nations, where traditional enemies can become allies and allies can turn hostile to each other. The region of South Asia is emerging as a pivot for changing international politics in a significant manner. India being the largest country both in terms of area and population in the region has to sustain its dominance by exerting soft power to wean away the rising popularity of China. The Chinese influence has been on the rise and in order to cope with it, India has to carefully frame its policy to protect its national interests in the South Asian region. The political developments in various countries of the region highlighted here and India’s response to them will make grounds for robustness in policy making.
Gazi Hassan is Senior Research Associate at the CPPR Centre for Strategic Studies. His research covers areas on Asia-Pacific, particularly exploring the geopolitical dynamics, blue economy, developments related to trade and terrorism, role of various actors and security dynamics of the region. He has an MPhil in International Studies (Jamia Millia Islamia) and an MA in Peace Building and Conflict Analysis (Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, JMI). He can be contacted on email at [email protected] and on twitter @gazihassan