JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Competing Exceptionalisms: US-India Defence Relationship

Anit Mukherjee was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • April 2012
    Volume: 
    6
    Issue: 
    2
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    This article analyses US-India strategic relations and the potential role of defence trade. First, it argues that cooperative relations between the two countries are hindered by “competing exceptionalisms” and the lack of a pre-existing model for the relationship. At the same time, bilateral relations are being strengthened by a convergence of interests and increasing societal linkages. Even on issues that have historically divided New Delhi and Washington-such as relations with third countries-there is a more nuanced understanding of differing perspectives in both capitals. Second, the article analyses the role of defence trade in the bilateral relationship. While describing recent trends, it also examines existing problems and peculiarities. The authors make two recommendations and argue that US-India relations, despite their differences, have fundamentally transformed and are set irrevocably on an upward trajectory.

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