In this edited book, leading scholars and analysts trace the origins, evolution and the current state of Indo-US strategic cooperation.
During the Cold War, owing to opposing grand strategies, the two states frequently found themselves at odds. With the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, Indo-US security cooperation started in a fitful fashion, but in recent years it has acquired considerable stability. The armed forces of the two states have participated in exercises on land, sea and air and have also carried out joint humanitarian missions. Drawing on new information and with contributions from both academics and policy makers, this wide-ranging volume analyzes the strategic convergence of the world’s two largest democracies, whilst explaining why important differences do remain. These notably include questions pertaining to the future of India’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, US-Pakistan ties and India’s links with Iran.
This volume will be of great interest to students of South Asian politics, Asian security, US foreign policy and security studies in general.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Are We Present at the Creation?: Alliance Theory and the Indo-US Strategic Convergence? 3. Incompatible Objectives and Shortsighted Policies: US Strategies toward India 4. An Overview of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation: A Rollercoaster of a Relationship 5. Indo-US Defense and Limitary Relations: From ‘Estrangement’ to ‘Strategic Partnership" 6. U.S.-India Military-to-Military Interaction in the Context of the Larger Relationship 7. Prospects for US-India Counterterrorism Cooperation: An American View 8. Indo-U.S. Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Past, Present and Future 9. Limited Cooperation Between Limited Allies: India’s Strategic Programs and India-US Strategic Trade 10. The Future of Indo-US Cooperation in Multilateral and Bilateral Peacekeeping Operations 11. U.S. Army’s New Peace Operations Era
Sumit Ganguly is professor of Political Science and Director of the India Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations. He is a specialist on regional security issues in South Asia and is the author, co-author or editor of some 12 books on the region.
Brian Shoup received his PhD in Political Science from Indiana University in 2005. His research interests focus on ethno-nationalist politics and conflict.
Andrew Scobell is Associate Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is a specialist on Asian political and military affairs, especially China and Korea.