The G20 and the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor

The report examines the geopolitical factors that have spurred the announcement of the India-Middle East- Europe Corridor (IMEEC). Promoted by the United States, India, and the core states of the European Union (France and Germany), IMEEC is being forwarded as an infrastructural and logistical alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The report evaluates the opportunities and limitations arising from the IMEEC initiative, and argues that it should be primarily viewed as a narrative-building exercise. While positively synergizing with such an initiative is necessary, the report stresses that the Kingdom’s interests lie with focusing on domestic reform and improving the country’s own infrastructural capacities.