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India : emerging power
Cohen, Stephen P., 1936-
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Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2001]

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xii, 377 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Situating India -- The world view of India's strategic elite -- "The India that can't say yes" -- The domestic dimension -- India as a military power -- India as a nuclear power -- India and Pakistan -- India as an Asian power -- India and the United States -- India rising -- Notes -- Index.
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For years, Americans have seen India as a giant but inept state. That negative image is now obsolete. After a decade of drift and uncertainty, India is taking its expected place as one of the three major states of Asia. Its pluralist, secular democracy has allowed the rise of hitherto deprived castes and ethnic communities. Economic liberalization is gathering steam, with six percent annual growth and annual exports in excess of $30 billion. India also has a modest capacity to project military power. The country will soon have a two-carrier navy and it is developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching all of Asia. This landmark book provides the first comprehensive assessment of India as a political and strategic power since India's nuclear tests, its 1999 war with Pakistan, and its breakthrough economic achievements. Stephen P. Cohen examines the domestic and international causes of India's "emergence," he discusses the way social structure and tradition shape Delhi's perceptions of the world, and he explores India's relations with neighboring Pakistan and China, as well as the United States. Cohen argues that American policy needs to be adjusted to cope with a rising India--and that a relationship well short of alliance, but far more intimate than in the past, is appropriate for both countries.

Author Notes

Stephen P. Cohen joined the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in 1998, and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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Library Journal Review

India's current foreign policy has evolved from its conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir, the humiliation of having China occupy its northern borderlands in 1962, and the further embarrassment of the intrusion of the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise into the Bay of Bengal in 1971. A senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of several books on India, Cohen is highly qualified to treat these three issues within a framework of the perceived greatness of India's civilization, its desire for regional dominance, its position as a valued if weak democracy, and an administrative decision-making structure for foreign and nuclear policy badly in need of revision. He points, however, to several indicators that portend stability in the future. First, India's multiethnic and multicultural society appears well suited for today's diverse world. Second, the eschewing of Nehru's Fabian Socialist economic concepts for those of a market economy has brought significant economic growth to India. Finally, the presence of more than a million highly savvy Indians residing in the United States offers greater ties and influence between the two nations. This book is well researched, thoughtfully presented, and potentially of great profit to readers at all levels. For all libraries. John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Cohen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and one of America's leading South Asia experts, has written a timely, comprehensive, well-grounded study of India as a rising power and its implications for the US. In ten well-written and clearly focused chapters Cohen reviews India's strategic position, its worldview, the country's decision-making process, the role of the military, and the domestic forces that shape Indian foreign policy. He then goes on to analyze India's role as a nuclear power and its relations with Pakistan, the US, China, and the rest of Asia. While India will not move onto the international stage swiftly or aggressively, he argues, the US can no longer safely ignore it. Rather the US must treat India as a rising power and engage it, but neither oppose nor ally with it. India, in turn, must continue its current progress, clarify its national strategy, and revamp its antiquated decision-making process. In light of the events of September 11, 2001, Cohen's perceptive, insightful, and balanced account of emergent India will be essential reading for US foreign policy makers, scholars, and informed citizens. Recommended at all levels. S. A. Kochanek emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Situating Indiap. 7
Chapter 2 The World View of India's Strategic Elitep. 36
Chapter 3 "The India That Can't Say Yes"p. 66
Chapter 4 The Domestic Dimensionp. 93
Chapter 5 India as a Military Powerp. 127
Chapter 6 India as a Nuclear Powerp. 157
Chapter 7 India and Pakistanp. 198
Chapter 8 India as an Asian Powerp. 229
Chapter 9 India and the United Statesp. 268
Chapter 10 India Risingp. 299
Notesp. 319
Indexp. 357