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Are we working at cross purposes in South Asia?

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On most accounts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India this past week was a diplomatic success.  She addressed India as it is – a burgeoning global power that deserves our attention.  And although her trip didn’t result in much headway on global warming it did move forward a civilian nuclear power partnership, a defense deal that includes “end-use monitoring”, and the start of a procurement contract which may help US companies sell India up to 126 multi-role fighter aircraft.

Yet South Asia’s diplomatic challenges still abound.  I think there are legitimate concerns that an increased US-India defense partnership may distract Pakistan from its internal counterinsurgency fight by shifting focus back to their conventional India threat; which, in turn, could hinder US goals for the Af-Pak theatre.

Additionally, the visit did little to push forward Obama’s nuclear non-proliferation goals, such as a reinvigoration of the NPT and ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).


Written by gringolost

July 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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  1. You Americans need to make up your mind, whether to bag big business in India, or to retain the ever useful tool of foreign policy, Pakistan.

    You guys have been trying hard for a long time to have it both ways, to “have your cake and eat it too” !


    July 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    • Hi neel123,

      I’m not sure it’s a choice between having a relationship with India or having one with Pakistan. We can have strategic alliances with both it’ll just be difficult.

      As for cake, I think that’s the nature of the game. Every great power in the world tries to maximize what it can.


      July 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

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