United States and India: Relationship of Convenience or Necessity?

  • Colonel Mark S. Parker

The United States continues to operate in a world that is volatile, unstable, complex, and ambiguous during the second decade of the twenty-first century. One of the more complex and strategically important regions in the world is Asia, where President Obama has refocused U.S. national power in direct support of U.S. national interests. To assist in these interests, the United States should improve strategic relationships with India, a rising regional and world power that would be a significant partner in Asia. India’s geopolitical position, with a democratic government and a rising economy and naval power to assist in regional security and containing the ambitions of China make them a prime partner for the United States. To improve the relationship, the United States is reaching out through key leaders to develop stronger economic and military ties through trade agreements and arms sales. While the United States sees increased partnership in the future, India is hesitant in creating too strong a relationship due to its non-alignment movement that is still prevalent in its government.