Contours of Indo-US Strategic Relations and Dilemma of Chinese Containment


  • Mujahid Hussain, Tauqeer Hussain Sargana


India, United States, Strategic Stability, Regional Politics, China, Post Cold War, Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal, 9/11, Military Modernization


The end of Cold War has given impetus to a transformed international order
vested with economic orientation. Though, the US emerged as the sole
super power so does nations like China, India, South Africa, Japan, and
Brazil announced their bid to form multi-polar order. This bipartisanship of
the evolving order orchestrated new power corridors that created both
intellectual and physical domains for progressive and ambitious nations to
fill the gap. Concepts like end of history, clash of civilization, and Jihad vs.
McWorld took the most of political posturing. On the one side intellectuals
were trying to frame a world suitable to the already envisioned ‘new world
order’ analogy and on the other hand few states were charging the global
environment on economic fronts. This gave rise to an amalgamation of
politics with economics and paved the way for a greater and stable political
system. It also marked beginning of positively transformed relations
between India and the United States when the former entered into liberal
international order propagated by the then US President George W. Bush.
Today, the kind of relations both nations cherish has been established on
the so-called plea that ‘the two largest democracies (D2) have potential to
develop the most crucial strategic alliance in the coming decades that
would inevitably help them to shape the existing world order towards a
more balanced and politically viable for the two strategic allies’. This
research calls the Indo-US plea a ‘D2 Strategy’. The study concludes that
the nature of bilateral relations between India and United States are
multifaceted, whereas the containment of China is the bed-rock element
behind their strategic partnership. The study has applied inductive method with that of ‘Analytical Eclecticism’ approach to evaluate the so-called
strategic relations of the two biggest democracies. 


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Mujahid Hussain, Tauqeer Hussain Sargana. (2023). Contours of Indo-US Strategic Relations and Dilemma of Chinese Containment . JSSH, 27(1). Retrieved from