Why Biden’s “summit for democracy” is a bad idea

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Anatol Lieven

“There are multiple reasons why the Biden administration’s plan to hold a ‘summit for democracy’ is a terrible idea that should be discreetly shelved; but several of them can be summed up in just two words: Narendra Modi. Not inviting India’s prime minister would demolish the apparent purpose of the summit, which is to build an ideological front against ‘Chinese authoritarianism.’ A summit without Modi would not only offend his government, but also many Indians would see it as a grave national insult. To invite Modi, however, and not talk publicly about his government’s authoritarian-like record would reduce the summit to a farce.” (05/24/21)