Superpower Rivalry in the Indian Ocean: Indian and American Perspectives

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

bySelig S. Harrison, K. Subrahmanyam

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(Note for Jacket--see Marketing File-so/10/26]The vast, politically turbulent region encompassing the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, forty-two littoral states, and one third of the world's population is one of the most potentially explosive theaters of superpower rivalry. In this study, threeAmerican and three Indian authors, reflecting different perspectives and areas of expertise, examine the principal factors that have led to the escalation of superpower tensions in the region: the war in Afghanistan, and its spillover into the Afghanistan-Pakistani borderlands; the Indo-Pakistaninuclear arms race; ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka; the Iran-Iraq war; Islamic fundamentalism; and the rapidly growing military presence of the superpowers in the area. Considering how India's emergence as a military power is influencing superpower and indigenous tensions in the region, thecontributors compare Indian, American, and Soviet interests, and offer solutions for current Indian-American disagreements.

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(Note for Jacket--see Marketing File-so/10/26]The vast, politically turbulent region encompassing the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, forty-two littoral states, and one third of the world's population is one of the most potentially explosive theaters of superpower rivalry. In this study, threeAmerican and three Indian authors, reflecti...

Selig S. Harrison is at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. K. Subrahmanyam is at Institute of Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.49 × 6.3 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195054970

ISBN - 13:9780195054972

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"Remarkable in two respects. First, it provides a wealth of information about the strategic situation in the Indian Ocean, in a series of carefully-researched and clearly written papers. Second, it presents what is in effect a dialogue between knowledgeable Indians and Americans on thesecontroversial subjects from very different perspectives but in a constructive and mutually respectful tone. Both of these developments are as exceptional as they are desirable. This book is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the strategic equation among superpowers and littoralstates in the Indian Ocean."--Gary Sick