Unlocking India's Strategic Potential in Central Asia

Unlocking India's Strategic Potential in Central Asia
Title:
Unlocking India's Strategic Potential in Central Asia
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India-Central Asia's Emerging Economic Super Power - How Will America Respond?

India’s impressive economic growth over the last two and a half decades has brought India’s role and interests to the forefront of global politics and statecraft. Importantly, it has put India into a comparative perspective with China, another aspiring Asian great power poised to stiffen competition for resources and influence worldwide. Both are resource-hungry and rapidly emerging powers seeking a new place and role in the global and regional orders. Both are also strategic rivals and consider their immediate neighborhood of Central Asia of growing strategic importance to their grand strategies. For now, China has outperformed India in Central Asia on all counts, securing the region as a key resource base and platform for power projection. India launched the “Connect Central Asia” policy in 2012 to shore up its presence, but the policy has not yet secured for it even a remotely comparable stake in the region due to aspects of India’s strategic culture and geopolitical constraints. Meanwhile, the U.S. strategic presence in the region leaves much to be desired.

The United States is withdrawing from Afghanistan without major political or military gains from the conflict that has cost it and its partners a fortune in lives and money. The future of its military infrastructure and relationships with countries in Central-South Asia is a big unknown, with regional partners equating the U.S. military pullout with its waning commitment to support the regional economic and security order. To help unlock their strategic potentials, Delhi and Washington should join forces and cultivate a strategic partnership that makes Central Asia its major pillar. Until then, neither Delhi, nor Washington is likely to succeed.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
I. India’s Delayed Arrival and Aspirations in Central Asia …....5
II. India’s Strategic Culture and Geopolitical Constraints …. . 17
Undefined Role, Unclear Direction …....................17
Constrained Interregional Connectivity..…............ 22
Quicksands of Afghanistan and Pakistan................26
China’s Head Start and Encirclement of India.......................30
III. India’s Search for a Way Out: Prospects and Limitations ….…….39
Delhi’s “Connect Central Asia” Policy ................ 39
External Competition and Cooperation .…...........47
Regional Views and Areas of Engagement ............. 53
Search for Partners as Strategic Imperative .....................60
IV. Unlocking and Leveraging India’s Regional Potential................ 65
Mitigating Af-Pak Security Challenges................65
Shaping Iran’s Geopolitical Role.......................73
Exploiting Grand Strategies and Regional Connectivity Initiatives......76
V. India’s Long-Term Presence in Central Asia: From Aspirations to Influence...81
Endnotes...............................89

Audience

This insightful policy guide may be valued by international relations professionals and policymakers working on issues ranging from U.S. and Indian policy in Central-South Asia to U.S. Indian, Sino-Indian, and Indo-Pakistani relations. Students undertaking research for writing essays on international affairs pertaining to the relationship between India, China, the United States, and the Central Asian region may be interested in this perspective.

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Publisher:
Defense Dept., Army, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
Author:
  • Muzalevsky, Roman
Key Phrases:
  • India
  • Central Asia
  • Geopolitics, Asia, Central
  • Strategic culture, India
  • Security, International, Asia, Central
  • India, Foreign relations, Asia, Central
  • Asia, Central, Foreign relations, India
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1
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Record Creation Date:
03/10/2016
Last Status Update:
02/05/2019
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