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Title: The United States should strengthen ties with the smaller countries of South Asia 
Author: Samaranayake, Nilanthi
Date: 2011-09-22
Publisher: Washington, D.C.: East-West Center in Washington
Abstract: Last week, the United States and India concluded the fourth strategic dialogue on Asia-Pacific regional affairs, illustrating the importance that Washington places on its relationship with New Delhi. However, India should not be the sole hope on which US security strategy rests in South Asia. Nilanthi Samaranayake, Strategic Studies Analyst at CNA, explains that the United States cannot afford to ignore the need to forge deeper strategic relationships with the smaller countries in the region. Relations with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Nepal hold many unexplored possibilities and reasons for expansion.
Series/Report No.: Asia Pacific bulletin ; no. 129
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Pages/Duration: 2 p.

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  • Asia Pacific Bulletin [239]
    The Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB), produced by the East-West Center in Washington, publishes summaries of Congressional Study Groups, conferences, seminars, and visitor roundtables, as well as short articles and opinion pieces. APB summaries are always two pages or less, designed for the busy professional or policymaker to capture the essence of dialogue and debate on issues of concern in US-Asia relations.


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