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. India and Europe share ambitions of global leadership and many of the United States’ broad interests in the Asia-Pacific. In addition, Europeans are the United States’ closest military and diplomatic partners. But both India and Europe also have security priorities closer to home, and they do not see eye to eye with Washington — or with each other — on the best way to pursue some of their interests.
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 will also recommend how, in light of their differences, both powers and the United States can best work together in the region.
For the past year, you've seen that perhaps no leverage that the US and the West thought it had — aid, sanctions, the freezing of Afghanistan's reserves — has really had an effect on Taliban behavior. The Taliban has essentially done what they had always done. The Afghan people have been in a humanitarian crisis because the Taliban hasn't budged.