Accession Number:

ADA463229

Title:

The Inevitability of India

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Believing a hegemonic United States can reign indefinitely into the future is brassily self-defeating, for it fails to account for what happens to America -- long accustomed to its position as first among all -- when it one day discovers that it is, again, one among many. If anything, the end of history is little more than a pause, a time for course correction, to a future security environment dominated not by the United States but instead by counterbalancing distributions of political, economic, and military power. How the United States manages its own relative descent will mark how relevant it remains in world affairs such a transition, therefore, represents a key strategic imperative. In this instance, recognizing the emergence of the most likely and most dangerous threat -- manifested by the rise of China -- necessitates an equally important evaluation of Americas unfolding opportunities. The emergence of India is as auspicious as it is inevitable, and the extent to which the United States can facilitate its ascension as a primary strategic partner may help describe how successful America is in securing its national interests in a future, multipolar world.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE