With tension rising over Iran and the prospect of the American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in 2014, the United States is looking for all the support it can muster in the region. But despite its comparatively recent strengthening of ties with India, Delhi has so far refused to support sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme. The reason for India’s refusal can, in part, be explained by the complex geopolitics of the region, but it is also worried about the slowing down of its economy and its need to obtain all the oil it can get.

THE REFUSAL by India to support sanctions against Iran is driven in part by its fears of the geographical realities on the gro...

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 Bernard Siman
India has many key strategic interests in the region, particularly those which affect two of Afghanistan’s border states, Pakistan and Iran, which both have strong links with that country through tribal allegiances
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