The United States' oft-expressed desire to support India’s emergence as a great power in fact reveals the distance that still separates the two. The U.S. struggles with India’s non-alignment impulses, while India sees relations in a globalized era as depending on balance of interests, not balance of power. This differing approach to globalization prevents the two from fully consolidating relations.

U.S.-India Relations: Case-by-Case Basis, With No Guarantees

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Beginning with the George W. Bush administration, the U.S. strategic policymaking community has expressed its desire to support India’s emergence as a great power. However, the very fact that these exhortations must be made from time to time reveals the distance the world’s two largest democracies must still travel to truly understand each other. The U.S. continues to struggle with India’s non-alignment impulses, while India continues to see relations in a globalized era as depending on balance of interests, and not balance of power.

Indeed, it is this differing approach to globalization that prevents the two countries from fully consolidating bilateral relations. Globalization during the post-Cold War “end of history” moment coincided with a planet-wide examination of essentially Western views on governance and economics. However, the financial crisis in the West and the near-simultaneous resurgence of China and India has put paid to any single globalization narrative. In the case of India in particular, many Western observers interpret New Delhi’s behavior as a reflexive quest for strategic autonomy. To do so, however, is to ignore the numerous areas where U.S. and Indian interests diverge. ...

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