Chirayu Thakkar

SAV Visiting Fellow

Chirayu Thakkar is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the National University of Singapore. Earlier, he graduated with graduate degrees in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford and Political Science from the Central European University. He is simultaneously working for the Margaret Anstee Center, University of Cambridge as an independent researcher on India’s foreign aid to Africa. Along with South Asian Voices, his writings have also appeared in The Times of India, The Huffington Post, The Diplomat, National Interest, and The Asia Dialogue. He has also worked as a political consultant.

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Policy Memo
India and the United States: Friends Elsewhere, Foes at the UN

For the last 20 years, the United States has mostly overlooked its divergences with India in multilateral forums as the relationship paid economic, strategic, and political dividends bilaterally, whereas the costs of divergences at the multilateral level were negligible. In spite of such exceptionalism enjoyed by New Delhi, U.S. diplomats at all levels reminded their Indian counterparts that India’s “obstinate role [at the UN] was increasingly at odds with our emerging strategic proximity.”

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