India: Emerging Power (Google eBook)

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Brookings Institution Press, May 13, 2004 - Political Science - 382 pages
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For years, Americans have seen India as a giant but inept state. That negative image is now obsolete. After a decade of drift and uncertainty, India is taking its expected place as one of the three major states of Asia. Its pluralist, secular democracy has allowed the rise of hitherto deprived castes and ethnic communities. Economic liberalization is gathering steam, with six percent annual growth and annual exports in excess of $30 billion. India also has a modest capacity to project military power. The country will soon have a two-carrier navy and it is developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching all of Asia.This landmark book provides the first comprehensive assessment of India as a political and strategic power since India's nuclear tests, its 1999 war with Pakistan, and its breakthrough economic achievements. Stephen P. Cohen examines the domestic and international causes of India's "emergence," he discusses the way social structure and tradition shape Delhi's perceptions of the world, and he explores India's relations with neighboring Pakistan and China, as well as the United States. Cohen argues that American policy needs to be adjusted to cope with a rising India and that a relationship well short of alliance, but far more intimate than in the past, is appropriate for both countries.

  

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Contents

Situating India
7
The World View of Indias Strategic Elite
36
The India That Cant Say Yes
66
The Domestic Dimension
93
India as a Military Power
127
India as a Nuclear Power
157
India and Pakistan
198
India as an Asian Power
229
India and the United States
268
India Rising
299
Notes
319
Index
357
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Stephen Philip Cohen is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of classic books on India's and Pakistan's armies and the widely praised India: Emerging Power(Brookings, 2001). He was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State and before joining Brookings was a faculty member at the University of Illinois.

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