The future of U.S.-India security cooperation

Edited by Sumit Ganguly and M. Chris Mason

The future of U.S.-India security cooperation


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5515-3
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.00
  • Published Date: April 2021
  • BIC Category: India, United States of America, USA, Security Services, Society & social sciences / International relations, International Relations, International relations, HISTORY / Asia / China, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Military Policy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General


This book deals with the evolution, current status and potential of U.S.-India strategic cooperation. From very modest beginnings, the U.S.-India strategic partnership has developed significantly over the last decade. In considerable part, this growth has stemmed from overlapping concerns about the rise and assertiveness of the People's Republic of China, as well as the instability of Pakistan. Despite the emergence of this partnership, significant differences remain, some of which stem from Cold War legacies, others from divergent global strategic interests and institutional design.

In spite of these areas of discord, the overall trajectory of the relationship appears promising. Increased cooperation and closer policy coordination underscore a deepening of the relationship, while fundamental differences in national approaches to strategic challenges demand flexibility and compromise in the future.


Introduction: An unnatural partnership? The future of U.S.-India strategic cooperation - Sumit Ganguly and M. Chris Mason

Part I Military-to-military cooperation

1 Less than meets the eye: a critical assessment of the military-to-military dimension of the U.S.-India security partnership - M. Chris Mason
2 Faltering friends: U.S.-India military cooperation in the twenty-first century - Abhijnan Rej

Part II Cybersecurity cooperation

3 U.S.-India relations on cybersecurity: an important moment for strategic action on collective cyberdefense - Jamil N. Jaffer
4 From intention to action: challenges in cyberdefense cooperation for the U.S. and India - Bedavyasa Mohanty

Part III Nuclear stability cooperation

5 Southern Asia in a decaying nuclear order: regional strategic dilemmas and U.S. policy approaches toward India - Frank O'Donnell
6 Enhancing nuclear stability in South Asia: the view from New Delhi - Rajesh Rajagopalan

Part IV Space cooperation

7 U.S.-India strategic partnership in space: a path toward cooperation - Victoria Samson
8 U.S.-India space cooperation: an Indian view - Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Part V Counterterrorism cooperation

9 The U.S.-India counterterrorism relationship: striking the balance - Tricia Bacon
10 Indo-U.S. counterterrorism cooperation: a bumpy road - Manoj Joshi

Part VI Intelligence cooperation

11 A vision for future U.S.-India intelligence cooperation - Carol V. Evans
12 Natural alliance: enhancing India-U.S. intelligence cooperation - Saikat Datta

Part VII Defense technology cooperation:

13 U.S.-India defense technology sharing and manufacturing: legacies of defense organizational processes - Frank O'Donnell
14 "Make in India": a problem for bilateral defense technology cooperation - Pramit Pal Chaudhuri



Sumit Ganguly is Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and Professor of Political Science at the Indiana University, Bloomington

Chris Mason is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute

The future of U.S.-India security cooperation

Edited by Sumit Ganguly, M. Chris Mason

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