Propelled by comparable motivations, Trump and Narendra Modi are still exploring a new equilibrium in India-U.S. ties.
Mini-dictators might not have dared if it weren’t for the atmosphere created nationally. The impeachment proceedings in the US raise the hope that anti-democrats can be challenged with vigor.
India has consistently pushed back every time Donald Trump has raised the Kashmir issue and yet Trump has gone on to offer to mediate on the issue, causing consternation in foreign policy circles.
If the net result is a lawless presidential legitimacy, the checks and balances of the US Constitution will need to be redefined.
India, itself a victim of subsidized Chinese exports, has been quietly supportive of U.S. efforts to constrain China’s predatory economic practices.
Iraq would witness more mindless casualties, forcing it to continue pressurizing the US to withdraw.
The Iranian people, who apparently rallied behind the flag after the U.S. killing of Soleimani, are now turning their rage against the government.
The contours of the new order, with India and China as key players, should not be seen through a western prism.
Though sanctions do not usually result in a change of guard, the risk of further impoverishment in Iran and Iraq is profound.
Now, by taking on Iran, Trump could relieve pressure on Beijing and undermine the fundamental shift in the China policy he initiated.