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Enhancing the Indo-US Defence Relations: Dissecting the Three ‘Foundational’ Agreements
Introduction The international environment remains in flux. Even though there is a belief that major wars are unlikely yet history has the uncanny knack of surprising us; it is therefore encumbent for nation states while abjuring conflict to remain prepared for the same. As Asia becomes economically the most dynamic region it is riddled with maximum trouble spots either on account of historical legacy or emerging balance of power equations.
Myanmar Elections: Legitimacy and Beyond
Feeble public interest in the elections in Myanmar scheduled for 7 November 2010 has not influenced neighbours of the country from watching keenly the unfolding scenario. The military regime seems to have decided on the exercise in order to gain some legitimacy to its rule. Elections, even though non-inclusive, would stem for some time a popular uprising such as the “Monk Revolution” of 2007.
Strategic Ties Low on Prez’s Agenda
As President Obama’s visit comes closer, hopes that it will produce the results it should are receding. Background briefings from both sides suggest no big announcements will be made. The focus of the visit has shifted from strategy to the economy. The President wants the burgeoning India connection to produce more jobs in the US. Salesmanship seems to be overtaking statesmanship.
Obama’s visit, India’s hopes
US President Barack Obama’s visit to India in early November has not generated much excitement so far despite its great importance and the enthusiasm that his inspirational election victory had produced almost two years ago. His complex personality has sent complex messages to India. His early Pakistan-leaning position on linking the resolution of the Kashmir problem to a successful conduct of the Af-Pak policy and working with China to promote peace and stability in South Asia touched sensitive chords in India.
OBAMA’S VISIT NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Given the economic mutuality of the two countries, India may elicit a recognition of its territorial integrity from the US
Civil Nuclear Liability Bill is an Asset
The Civil Nuclear Liability Bill passed by Parliament needs a dispassionate appraisal as controversy has surrounded it. Its passage has not been greeted with any particular enthusiasm, as the government did not get exactly what it wanted and the opposition had no reason left to object because its amendments were acccepted. Criticism of the bill, on the other hand, has been loud - from the business lobbies and some analysts who bemoan it for ending India’s prospects of becoming a major producer of nuclear power.
SUBSTANCE WILL DEFINE VISIT NOT RHETORIC
President Obama’s forthcoming visit to India is awaited with muted expectations. Both sides need a “successful” visit so that the substantial political investment already made in the bilateral relationship is protected. The absence of a “defining” issue like the nuclear deal makes the task of projecting “success” relatively more difficult. Moreover, “decisiveness” has not marked Obama’s Presidency, and that too lowers expectations of closure on complex outstanding issues.
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