Engagement policy and formation of allied relations: India in the US foreign pol...

Engagement policy and formation of allied relations: India in the US foreign policy strategy under George W. Bush and B. Obama

Elizaveta A. Shur
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The article presents an analysis of the engagement policy and the formation of allied relations which hold a central place in the foreign policy of the United States. It is noted that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks demonstrated the ideological insecurity of the United States and forced Washington to join the global campaign against terrorism. Despite the untenable willingness to bear the burden of war alone, the American political establishment began to look for allies and partners. The purpose of this article is to identify India’s place in the system of American foreign policy strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. When studying this topic, the author relied on the methods of analysis, synthesis, comparison and generalization. The phenomenon of using public diplomacy and the engagement policy for strengthening allied relations with India has been studied very little by domestic and foreign science. The article concludes that the White House showed considerable interest in India due to its favorable geographical location, experience in counterterrorism, tense relations with China (a potential competitor of the United States), and the status of the world’s largest democracy, which indicates the country’s commitment to democratic values which are actively promoted by Washington. The article reveals the obstacles in the way of India’s involvement in this cooperation: despite its interest in establishing a dialogue with the United States, the republic did not show any desire to move away from the traditional policy of equidistance in international relations for fear of becoming an American puppet. During the administration of Barack Obama, U.S.–India relations received a new impetus as part of the US Pivot to Asia. The scope of cooperation between the two countries was significantly expanded. The relations reached a new level after Narendra Modi took office as Prime Minister of India. The scientific significance of this study lies in the fact that previously this topic has been considered exclusively through the prism of Chinese politics and nuclear problems.
Elizaveta A. Shur
PhD student (History of International Relations), School of International Relations
Saint-Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia
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engagement policy, US–India relations, the G.W. Bush foreign policy, the B. Obama foreign policy, Asia Pivot
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Shur, E. “Engagement policy and formation of allied relations: India in the US foreign policy strategy under George W. Bush and B. Obama.” Historia Provinciae – the Journal of Regional History, vol. 5, no. 2 (2021): 571–602,

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