The Multilateralist

McCain boosts India

Somewhere in India, a street may have just been named for John McCain. In a speech delivered today, just as President Barack Obama begins his trip to the country, McCain strongly endorsed India’s bid for a permanent Security Council seat. [I]ndia must be represented in the foundational institutions of the global order.  The United States ...

Somewhere in India, a street may have just been named for John McCain. In a speech delivered today, just as President Barack Obama begins his trip to the country, McCain strongly endorsed India’s bid for a permanent Security Council seat.

[I]ndia must be represented in the foundational institutions of the global order.  The United States should push for India’s inclusion in the International Energy Agency, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and those parts of the global non-proliferation regime from which India is still excluded.  Most of all, the United States should fully back India’s pursuit of permanent membership on the U.N. Security Council.  If we want India to join us in sharing the responsibilities for international peace and security, then the world’s largest democracy needs to have a seat at the high table of international politics.

Pakistan, meanwhile, is busy telling Washington that such a move would endanger regional stability.

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