Sandra Destradi

A Regional Power Promoting Democracy? India’s Involvement in Nepal (2005–2008)

GIGA Working Paper, No. 138, June 2010

Abstract
According to the theory of "democratic peace," India, as the largest democracy in the world and as South Asia’s predominant regional power, should be expected to promote democracy in neighboring countries. However, New Delhi lacks any official democracypromotion policy, and its past record on democracy in the region is mixed at best. Against this background, the paper analyzes the substantial role India came to play in the peace and democratization process in Nepal in the years 2005–2008, asking whether this constitutes a departure from New Delhi’s traditional policy of noninterference in its neighbors’ internal affairs and a move towards a more assertive approach to democracy promotion. The analysis shows that India’s involvement in Nepal was the product of short‐term stability concerns rather than being an indicator of a long‐term change in strategy with the intention of becoming an active player in international democracy promotion.

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi hat die Professur für Politikwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Internationale Beziehungen und Regional Governance an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg inne und leitet den Forschungsschwerpunkt 4 "Macht und Ideen" am GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

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