Director’s Briefing: Is India the next great economic and geopolitical force?

An examination of the economic and geopolitical picture in India.

Partner and major corporate event, Director's Briefing Invitation only
9 November 2023 — 8:00AM TO 9:15AM
Chatham House and Online

The Indian economy is by many metrics, doing very well. The growth rate has now overtaken neighbouring China, and foreign direct investment reached $85 billion in 2021-2022. Services sector growth is in the double digits and is being helped by a boom in domestic demand fuelled by rising urban salaries.

Rising domestic prosperity has been accompanied by an increase in international influence. Narendra Modi has made projection of power abroad a key part of his appeal to the Indian electorate. The G20 Summit in New Delhi was held up as a demonstration of India’s rise. India is part of a growing number of global initiatives, such as the Quad Strategic Initiative alongside the US, Australia, and Japan. However, questions over alleged Indian involvement in the murder of a Khalistani separatist in Canada has raised concerns about India’s relations with the West.

Please join us for this critical conversation including:

  • What are the main risks to sustained economic and geopolitical rise?

  • How will India balance relations with major powers, including the US, Russia, and China?

  • Will the growing polarisation of the international system challenge Delhi’s traditional policy of ‘omni-alignment’ or ‘strategic autonomy’?

  • Does India stand to benefit from the push to de-risk or decouple supply-chains away from China?