Last week saw significant advances in the U.S-India defense relationship as U.S. Secretaries Mattis and Pompeo, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, traveled to India to meet with Ministers Swaraj and Sitharaman. However, New Delhi’s relationships with Russia and Iran may act as a roadblock to future collaboration. The Trump administration’s challenge will be to determine how to balance its partnership with India with policies that target Washington’s own opponents. Fortunately, India’s foreign policy may be useful to the United States in its pursuit of other regional goals and could be considered a means to ends that are advantageous for both states. I have written commentary on this topic for RealClearWorld here.
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