Aligning unevenly : India and the United States

dc.contributor.author Mistry, Dinshaw
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-07T03:20:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-07T03:20:42Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a> en_US
dc.description.abstract In the early and mid-2000s, US policymakers anticipated India becoming one of America's top global partners. Have New Delhi's policies on key strategic issues actually aligned strongly with US objectives, as would be typical of close partners? An analysis of twelve prominent issues in US-India relations indicates that New Delhi's policies mostly converged moderately, rather than to a high extent, with US objectives. Specifically, the alignment between New Delhi's policies and US objectives was high or moderate-to-high on three issues—UN peacekeeping, nonproliferation export controls, and arms sales. It was moderate or low-to-moderate on six issues—China, Iran, Afghanistan, Indian Ocean security, Pakistan, and bilateral defense cooperation. And it was low or negligible on three issues—nuclear reactor contracts for US firms, nuclear arms control, and the war in Iraq. To be sure, despite the low or negligible convergence, New Delhi did not take an anti-US position on these issues.<br> Four factors explain why New Delhi's policies aligned unevenly with US objectives across the issues: India's strategic interests (that diverged from US interests on some issues); domestic political and economic barriers (that prevented greater convergence between India's policies and US objectives); incentives and disincentives (that induced New Delhi to better align with US objectives); and certain case-specific factors.<br> This analysis suggests that, rather than expecting India to become a close ally, US policymakers should consider it a friendly strategic partner whose policies would align, on the average, moderately with US strategic interests. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 63 p. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-86638-272-4 (print)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-86638-273-1 (electronic)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/40628
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, HI : East-West Center en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy studies;no. 74
dc.subject.lcsh India - Foreign relations - United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh United States - Foreign relations - India en_US
dc.title Aligning unevenly : India and the United States en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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