Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, Interview with the National Bureau of Asian Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research has posted an extensive new interview (PDF version) with Sunil Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at Shady Grove, and the Brookings Institution’s Stephen Cohen, co-authors of “Arming without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization.” Dasgupta and Cohen describe the nature of U.S.-India relations broadly and focus on the limited success of their military collaborations, highlighted by India’s recent rejection of offers from U.S. firms to compete for a combat aircraft worth over $10 billion.

Dasgupta and Cohen argue that Congress and U.S. policymakers must look at South Asia as an integrated region, where India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are connected in complex ways. “The U.S.-India relationship has been transformed,” they write, “but the U.S. government… is not organized to deal appropriately with a rising India. […] What the United States needs to do next is to identify, fund, and staff projects on one or two key technologies where actual cooperation can proceed at pace rather than engage in a wide array of mostly token and ineffective dialogues.”

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