Outlining the growing importance of India’s relations with Central Asia, the author argues that they are calculated to gain strategic depth in the region, the future direction of these relations remaining essentially fluid. The article suggests that if New Delhi may seek a balance in the region between the competing powers of Russia, China and the USA, the significance of Central Asia’s energy reserves to India’s economic future should not be underestimated ― though in this specific field a warming Indo-Pakistani relationship seems to constitute the necessary preamble to New Delhi’s greater strategic freedom north of the Himalaya.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.A-630