Domestic Determinants of the US–India Entente

Harsh V. Pant


Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073963
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080809 | DOI:
Domestic Determinants of the US–India Entente

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The transformation of India's relations with the United States was associated with domestic politics in both countries. From the very start, President George W. Bush viewed India as a natural and strategic ally rather than through the prism of nuclear weapons non-proliferation. Meanwhile, the ascendance of the Bharatiya Janata Party gave India a different perspective with respect to foreign policy. One key issue for India was energy security, and its search for energy resources to meet the rising demand for energy in the country is bringing it into competition with China. The civilian nuclear energy cooperation pact signed with the United States has enabled India's nuclear power plants to ramp up their nuclear power generation. This chapter looks at other domestic issues that have influenced the nuclear pact between India and the United States, including defence and security, the Indian diaspora, and public opinion towards the United States.

Keywords: nuclear pact; foreign policy; nuclear energy cooperation; diaspora; defence; public opinion; domestic politics; energy security

Chapter.  8334 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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