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Look east, cross black waters: India's interest in Southeast Asia

Look east, cross black waters: India's interest in Southeast Asia

Blank, Jonah, author

"The global security interests of India and the United States overlap far more than they clash, and this is particularly the case in Southeast Asia. India's core goals for Southeast Asia are all in basic harmony with those of the United States -- including regional stability; prevention of any outside nation from dominating the politics or economy of the region; peaceful settlement of territorial disputes such as the South China Sea; secure shipping through the Straits of Malacca and other crucial transit points; increased land, sea and air connectivity infrastructure; Myanmar's democratic transition; and containment of radicalism in states including Indonesia and Malaysia. But America should not expect India to enter any sort of alliance (formal or de facto), nor join any coalition to balance against China. This does not indicate an anti-American outlook, but a determination to engage with Southeast Asia at a pace and manner of India's own choosing -- and a deep caution about precipitating conflict with Beijing. The replacement of a Congress Party government with a Bharatiya Janata Party administration in May 2014 has resulted in a recalibration of India's foreign policy, but not a radical shift in its overall direction. For U.S. policymakers in the security arena, the challenge in building cooperation with India in Southeast Asia will boil down to four elements: (1) understanding India's own goals for the region better, (2) adopting strategic patience in working at a pace and manner comfortable to India, (3) finding specific areas on which to focus attention, such as technology transfer, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Myanmar policy, and (4) moving forward, laying the foundation for future progress"--Publisher's web site

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Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Jonah Blank, Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Angel Rabasa, Bonny Lin
ISBN: 0833092081, 9780833092083
Note: Series from web site.
Note: "RAND Project AIR FORCE."
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed December 22, 2015).
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-286).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 286 pages) : color illustrations, color maps.
Series: Rand Corporation research report series ; RR-1021-AF
Subject: Southeast Asia.; United States.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; India Politics and government 21st century.; Diplomatic relations.; Southeast Asia Foreign relations India.; United States Foreign relations India.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Government International.; Politics and government.; India Foreign relations Southeast Asia.; India Foreign relations United States.; India.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1021-AF.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Why does India's interest in Southeast Asia matter to the United States?
  3. What is India's strategy toward Southeast Asia?
  4. How is India's strategy being implemented in Southeast Asia?
  5. Is Southeast Asia an arena for Sino-Indian rivalry?
  6. India's internal politics, 2014-2030 : impact on policy toward Southeast Asia
  7. Key findings and recommendations.