In a world where US primacy will remain a distinctive feature for a considerable time to come, India will require American global leadership to realise its own national interests.
If India ratifies the CSC, both the right of the operator for recourse against the supplier and any third party action against the supplier would be nullified, thus providing American companies a singular advantage.
Common sense suggests that India as the weaker partner has much more to gain from the relationship with the U.S., but common sense has always been somewhat scarce in Indian strategic thought.
The amendment of the EAR is intended to realign US export policy towards India and expand cooperation in civil space, defence and high technology sectors.
A widening gap between rhetoric and reality will only lead to cynicism, and the gap can be narrowed only by establishing habits of cooperation that can withstand the vicissitudes of change, whether it be of governments or priorities.
The India-US strategic partnership grounded in shared values as well as shared interests has been further deepened during Obama’s visit.
The most important though understated aspect of Obama’s visit to India was the forward movement on almost all facets of defence cooperation.
International security analysts must begin a discussion on how reductions in the U.S. defence budget will influence the nature of bilateral security relationships across Asia