Monday, March 22, 2010
Domestic v. Foreign Policy; India and Iran
Speaking of Iran, a reminder why India's interests in Afghanistan and Iran differ from ours, per Priyanka Bhardwaj.
We certainly should (on their merits) resolve trade issues, if we can, so that we have a larger reservoir of goodwill in countries whose support we may need at some point in the future. But I would be careful about trying to do so in the context of the present tension with Iran.
The problem I think is not so much that in seeking foreign government support for our security policy we have not taken into account commercial and other causes of friction, but that we have failed to define a compelling new vision of international security itself.
If our view is correct and the world does become a more dangerous place with a nuclear Iran, that fact will do more to convince other countries than anything we can say. What we should have in advance is a vision of a better security framework that we can then propose.