Challenges of a multipolar world

Challenges of a multipolar world: The United States, India, and the European Union in the Asia-Pacific

Policy brief
Rohan Mukherjee, Clara Marina O'Donnell
11 July 2013

As the United States has grown concerned about escalating tensions in the Asia-Pacific and increased its involvement in the region, it has sought to enlist the help of two of the largest economic and military powers in the world: India and Europe. However, these two powers are not proving to be the forthcoming partners Washington would like. This paper explores the similarities and contrasts between the European and Indian positions toward the Asia-Pacific in order to highlight the challenges for the United States of international cooperation in an increasingly multipolar world. It also recommends how, in light of their differences, both powers and the United States can best work together in the region.

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