QUESTION: Analyse emerging India-America defence cooperation in the post-cold war period. (8 marks/ 120 words)
Post 2001 attack, India US ties reached new heights. At a meeting of the US India Defence Policy Group (DPG) in 2001, the two sides committed themselves to substantially increase the pace of high-level policy dialogue, military-to-military exchanges and other joint activities
The various initiatives have been taken by both sides for defence cooperation in the post-cold war period.
India should talk constructively on contentious issues such as India’s S-400 missile deal with Russia, which US objects. Also, India is wary of Pakistan’s deep-rooted ties with US, and its dependence on Pakistan for access to Afghanistan as well as its exit strategy.
Conclusion: While China’s rise is a catalyst for the strategic convergence between India and US, the ultimate aim should be the joint vision of a free, open and rule-based Indo-Pacific. Over the past two decades, expanding ties with the U.S. has not suffocated India’s strategic autonomy.
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