Individual-Level Determinants of the US–India Entente

Harsh V. Pant


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

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In addition to factors at the structural and domestic political level, several personalities played key roles in the negotiations that made the nuclear pact between India and the United States a reality. US President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the way. Bush had the support of Condoleezza Rice, his Secretary of State; R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Bush's foreign policy advisor in the 2000 presidential campaign; and former US Ambassador to India, Robert D. Blackwill, and his advisor, Ashley J. Tellis. On India's part, important figures included Sonia Gandhi, head of India's ruling Congress party; former External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee; former National Security Advisor, M.K. Narayanan; and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Shyam Saran.

Keywords: nuclear pact; foreign policy; nuclear energy cooperation; George W. Bush; Manmohan Singh; Condoleezza Rice; negotiations; Sonia Gandhi

Chapter.  6031 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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