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The Cold War on the Periphery
Author: Robert J. McMahon

ISBN: 9780231082273
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 431
Published: 17 December 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.5 x 2.7
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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. 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 "surprinsgly ill defined, inconsistent, and even contradictory" because of its exaggerated anxiety about the Soviet threat and America's failure to incorpora...

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