US-Indian Strategic Cooperation into the 21st Century: More by Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell, Brian Shoup

By Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell, Brian Shoup

During this edited e-book, top students and analysts hint the origins, evolution and the present nation of Indo-US strategic cooperation. in the course of the chilly conflict, due to opposing grand suggestions, the 2 states usually came upon themselves at odds. With the top of the chilly warfare and the dying of the Soviet Union, Indo-US protection cooperation began in a fitful style, yet in recent times it has received enormous balance. The military of the 2 states have participated in workouts on land, sea and air and feature additionally conducted joint humanitarian missions. Drawing on new details and with contributions from either lecturers and coverage makers, this wide-ranging quantity analyzes the strategic convergence of the world’s biggest democracies, while explaining why vital variations do stay. those significantly comprise questions bearing on the way forward for India’s nuclear and ballistic missile courses, US-Pakistan ties and India’s hyperlinks with Iran. This quantity can be of serious curiosity to scholars of South Asian politics, Asian protection, US international coverage and protection reviews typically.

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Partly, this was due to the buildup of US armed forces in the Middle East and the April invasion of Iraq, which had diverted the military from peacetime activities such as joint exercises. But the inertia was also attributed to what one analyst has termed “a continuing reluctance on the part of the United States to license high-leverage military technologies for fear of undermining regional stability . . ”70 While India has long viewed unfettered access to high-technology US weapons and dual-use items to be the litmus test of the Indo-US strategic partnership, Washington continued to be hamstrung in this regard by its dependence on Islamabad in the war on terrorism.

Alliance theory focuses not only on alliances per se, but on the entire range of international cooperative forms, including collective-security institutions, ad hoc coalitions, ententes, and alliances. The distinctions between these types of alignment will be discussed below. Stephen Walt, The Origins of Alliances (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987), 6. Glenn H. Snyder, “Alliance Theory: A Neorealist First Cut,” Journal of International Affairs 44, no. 1 (Summer 1990): 103. Another good reason to seek conceptual clarity is the proliferation of “strategic partnerships” around the world today.

Historically, the United States and India have had cool relations, but they have never viewed each other as direct strategic adversaries. On the other hand, India and China share a long and contested border and have fought a war with one another. China over the years has pursued a policy of strategic encirclement vis-à-vis India, the most menacing aspect of which was the transfer of nuclear weapon and ballistic missile technology to India’s adversary, Pakistan. India is enhancing its own power relative to China by linking itself to the strength of the United States.

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