An Unnatural Partnership? The Future Of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation

An Unnatural Partnership? The Future Of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation
An Unnatural Partnership? The Future Of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation
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Do you think the U.S and India would make suitable global partners? The recent engagement of U.S. and Indian senior officials has been a long time coming. For those of you who recognize the vast potential of U.S. – India economic and military cooperation moving full steam ahead, you’ll also appreciate a new partnership between the two most populace democratic nations, has taken center stage due to the increasingly aggressive posture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), particularly across Southeast Asia. Over the past decade China’s emergence as a global player with projects such as the “China Road” which is intended to span from China to Europe has been a serious motivator for new partnerships. Today the U.S. and India are seeking to find common grounds after decades of off – and - on relations caused by the historic relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the nation India considers its arch foe.

The building of what would be a super-power economic, technology advanced relationship designed to keep Chinese ambitions in check throughout the region began in earnest during the President Obama administration. The significant expansion of the PRC’s externally oriented military power has driven the negotiations of greater U.S.-India defense cooperation to the fore.

To many Americans, India is the obvious U.S. security partner. India’s geographical placement, bordering China and Pakistan, along one of the world’s busiest and critical maritime shipping routes, poses key advantages to an American partnership.  However, India has many reservations with this partnership. 

In this text, you will explore India’s concerns, including historical hesitancy dating back to the Cold War.  Additionally, the authors present tactical-level recommendations and steps for confidence-building so both countries can have a meaningful and strategic relationship.

Some of the areas showcased that may have potential for a successful partnership included within this resource are:

  • Technology Sharing,                                                                                                                 
  • Defense Manufacturing,                                                                                         
  • Intelligence Cooperation,                                                                                                        
  • Naval Interoperability,                                                                                                          
  • Special Operations including space cooperation,                                                                   
  • And more

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Military and foreign affairs strategists and decion-makers engaged in Southeast Asian policy-making should find this monograph a fundamental resource in understanding the historic perspective and today’s conditions relative to the growing potential partnership between the U.S. and India. University level instructors and students of foreign affairs, political science, global to entrepreneurial commercial management, and export-import enterprises should find this a valuable educational resource.

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  • Ganguly, Sumit
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