Matt Yglesias, a prominent left-leaning blogger writes about a Cato Institute Report [PDF link] that warns United Status against Pakistan’s dubious claims to be a long-term ally. India, with its rising clout on the economic, strategic, and democratic front stands to be a much more reliable ally of the United States than Pakistan, says Cato.
United States rightly used Pakistan’s volte face with the Taliban to its advantage in the War on Terror but now realizes that in the long run, aligning with an ever-demanding ally might not bode well for its security concerns as well. Let us hope the higher ups listen to Cato.
Such a policy shift would reflect present-day reality: Westernized and secular India is a stable democracy and a rising regional power, not a de facto client of the Soviet Union, as it was widely presumed to be during the Cold War. With the Cold War order long since dismantled, the United States has a clear interest in establishing strong ties with India, whose political, economic, and military clout places the country in a position to counterbalance even an increasingly assertive China. As the world’s largest democracy and an important bilateral trading partner with the United States, India, not Pakistan, should be the focus of long-term U.S. policy in the region.
On the other hand, Daniel Drezner, another popular blogger points to an interesting article in TNR Online written by Sumit Ganguly. The author looks at US-India relation in the post-tsunami future.
India finally seems to have overcome its apprehension of American assistance and is even willing to take a lead in assisting disaster-hit areas. Some signs of moving from merely a developing nation to becoming a force to reckon with are clearly evident. Like they say, its all in the mind.