STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

India's 'Monroe Doctrine' and Asia's Maritime Future

Toshi Yoshihara is Associate Professor at the US Naval War College.
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  • November 2008
    Volume: 
    32
    Issue: 
    6
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    Many scholars assume that the European model of Realpolitik will prevail in Asia as the dual rise of China and India reorders regional politics. Others predict that Asia's China-centric tradition of hierarchy will reassert itself. But Indians look as much to 19th century US history as to any European or Asian model. Indeed, successive prime ministers have explicitly cited the Monroe Doctrine to justify intervention in hotspots around the Indian periphery. The Monroe Doctrine, however, underwent several phases during the USA's rise to world power. Analysing these phases can help South Asia analysts project possible futures for Indian maritime strategy.

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