2023 brings responsibility and opportunity for India. As the host of the G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the world will be watching closely. With this authority, comes challenges encapsulated by five C’s: Covid, Contraction, Climate crisis, Conflict and China. If India is able to use its opportunity, the year could end with India viewed as a near-great power, an international bridge-builder, and a successful democracy.
India will host four prestigious international conferences, such as the India-Africa Forum Summit and the subsidiary SCO Summit in the course of the next three years. These are historic opportunities for the country to show global leadership and fulfil a diplomatic agenda that involves handling strategic competition and advancing partnerships
Ambassador Hardeep Puri was part of a Gateway House Agenda 2014 panel discussion on India's Foreign Policy agenda for the coming years on Google Hangout. In part-one of a two-part interview, Ambassador Puri speaks to Gateway House about the importance of foreign policy in the Indian Elections, what the foreign policy priorities should be for the next government.