Accession Number:

AD1009455

Title:

Hungry Tiger Eager To Grow

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

India is a great military power in the world. It is fortifying its military at a fast pace. Thus, the other states in the world have raised a serious question What drives India to modernize its military This thesis borrows Sagans three modelssecurity model, norms model, and domestic-politics modelto address the research question of why India is expanding its military capability. Indias military expansion is analyzed using two case studies on nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers to determine which model is the most applicable. The evidence demonstrated in this thesis suggests that no single model can fully explain this question. The three modelsthe security, the norms, and the domestic-politics modelsare all indispensable pieces to the puzzle of explaining Indias military expansion. However, this expansion could result in a security dilemma that provokes its hostile neighbors toward an arms race. That is to say, Indias behavior of military expansion might destabilize the region of South Asia.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE