The Cold War on the Periphery The United States India and Pakistan Focusing on the two tumultuous decades framed by Indian independence in and the Indo Pakistani war of The Cold War on the Periphery explores the evolution of American policy toward the subc

  • Title: The Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan
  • Author: Robert J. McMahon
  • ISBN: 9780231082266
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Focusing on the two tumultuous decades framed by Indian independence in 1947 and the Indo Pakistani war of 1965, The Cold War on the Periphery explores the evolution of American policy toward the subcontinent McMahon analyzes the motivations behind America s pursuit of Pakistan and India as strategic Cold War prizes He also examines the profound consequences for U.S rFocusing on the two tumultuous decades framed by Indian independence in 1947 and the Indo Pakistani war of 1965, The Cold War on the Periphery explores the evolution of American policy toward the subcontinent McMahon analyzes the motivations behind America s pursuit of Pakistan and India as strategic Cold War prizes He also examines the profound consequences for U.S regional and global foreign policy and for South Asian stability of America s complex political, military, and economic commitments on the subcontinent McMahon argues that the Pakistani American alliance, consummated in 1954, was a monumental strategic blunder Secured primarily to bolster the defense perimeter in the Middle East, the alliance increased Indo Pakistani hostility, undermined regional stability, and led India to seek closer ties with the Soviet Union Through his examination of the volatile region across four presidencies, McMahon reveals the American strategic vision to have been surprisingly ill defined, inconsistent, and even contradictory because of its exaggerated anxiety about the Soviet threat and America s failure to incorporate the interests and concerns of developing nations into foreign policy The Cold War on the Periphery addresses fundamental questions about the global reach of postwar American foreign policy Why, McMahon asks, did areas possessing few of the essential prerequisites of economic military power become objects of intense concern for the United States How did the national security interests of the United States become so expansive that they extended far beyond the industrial core nations of Western Europe and East Asia to embrace nations on the Third World periphery Andwhat combination of economic, political, and ideological variables best explain the motives that led the United States to seek friends and allies in virtually every corner of the planet McMahon s lucid analysis of Indo Pakistani American relations powerfully reveals how U.S poli

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      A specialist in the history of U.S foreign relations, Robert J McMahon is professor of history at Ohio State University He previously taught at the University of Florida and has held visiting positions at the University of Virginia and University College Dublin.

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