Beyond Shared Interests: The US and the Evolution of Indian Military Strategy


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When: May 25 2016 - 12:00pm until May 25 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Beyond Shared Interests: The US and the Evolution of Indian Military Strategy

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Arzan Tarapore
Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Tanvi Madan
The India Project, Brookings Institution

Beyond Shared Interests: The US and the Evolution of Indian Military Strategy from East-West Center on Vimeo.

Arzan Tarapore and Dr. Tanvi Madan

This seminar outlined the initial research findings of a project on the effects of the US-India defence relationship. The bilateral defence relationship has improved markedly since its low-point in 1998, driven in part by proclaimed shared interests in a stable balance and order in Asia. But to what extent has the defence partnership shaped India’s military strategy? This research finds that India’s approach to the use of force has evolved somewhat in the past two decades, and the growing alignment with the US has shaped aspects of that evolution. But India’s strategic behavior is driven by other, more enduring and powerful factors, which place severe limits both on the degree of change in Indian strategy, and on the potential for US influence. Shared interests are no guarantee that India will assume the roles and behaviours that Washington policy-makers might prefer.



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Arzan Tarapore is an Asia Studies visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and a PhD candidate in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His academic research interests centre on South Asia security issues and military affairs. He previously served in the Australian Defence Department.

Tanvi Madan is a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and director of The India Project. Madan’s work explores Indian foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies.  Previously she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a dissertation entitled "With an Eye to the East: The China Factor and the U.S.-India Relationship, 1949-1979." She has also previously been a research analyst at the Brookings Institution. In addition to a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, Madan has a master's in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor's with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India. She has authored publications on India's foreign policy, as well as its energy security policies.

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