STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Malaysia–India Defence Cooperation: Need for a Paradigm Shift before Strategic Partnership

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  • January 2014
    Volume: 
    38
    Issue: 
    1
    Articles

    The objective of this article is to discuss defence cooperation between Malaysia and India in the post-Cold War era (1991–2012), mainly from Malaysia’s perspective. The article is divided into four parts. First, the historical background of Malaysia–India defence cooperation during the colonial period until the Cold War is discussed briefly. Second, defence cooperation in the post-Cold War period involving the three services (air force, navy and army) is examined. Third, certain issues in Malaysia–India defence cooperation are analysed. The article concludes by arguing that in order for Malaysia to move towards more constructive defence relations with India, a paradigm shift is central to making the strategic partnership effective and meaningful.

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