Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization

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Brookings Institution Press, Jan 14, 2013 - Political Science - 223 pages
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India has long been motivated to modernize its military, and it now has the resources. But so far, the drive to rebuild has lacked a critical component—strategic military planning. India's approach of arming without strategic purpose remains viable, however, as it seeks great-power accommodation of its rise and does not want to appear threatening. What should we anticipate from this effort in the future, and what are the likely ramifications? Stephen Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta answer those crucial questions in a book so timely that it reached number two on the nonfiction bestseller list in India.

"Two years after the publication of Arming without Aiming, our view is that India's strategic restraint and its consequent institutional arrangement remain in place. We do not want to predict that India's military-strategic restraint will last forever, but we do expect that the deeper problems in Indian defense policy will continue to slow down military modernization."—from the preface to the paperback edition


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Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. His previous books include The Idea of Pakistan and India: Emerging Power (both with Brookings). Sunil Dasgupta is director of the University of Maryland–Baltimore County's Political Science Program at the Universities at Shady Grove, and a non resident senior fellow at Brookings.

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