TWQ: India's Quest for Continuity in the Face of Change - Fall 2008
October 1, 2008
Unlike the dominant sentiment in the United States and many other countries for change in Washington, New Delhi seeks continuity in its engagement with the next U.S. administration. Although much of the world cannot wait to see the back of the Bush administration, New Delhi, in contrast, immensely values the historic changes already wrought by the Clinton and Bush administrations in the U.S. approach to India. President Bill Clinton ended the historic U.S. tilt toward Pakistan in its protracted conflict with India over Jammu and Kashmir. President George W. Bush has sought to resolve the long-standing U.S. dispute with India on nonproliferation with a civil nuclear initiative that integrates India into the global order on terms favorable to New Delhi. Such a partnership is important for both countries, the South Asian region, policy toward Iran, and the management of China’s rise.