The Newsletter 60 Summer 2012

Strategic restraint?

Chris Ogden

Reviewed publication:
Cohen, S.P. and Sunil Dasgupta. 2010
Arming without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution. 350 pages, ISBN: 978 0 8157 0402 7 (hardback)

This volume from Cohen and Dasgupta challenges prevailing traditional views on why India has failed to sufficiently develop her military power and concurrent strategy. Rather than focusing, as others have done, on issues such as culture, the makeup of Indian society, the presence or not of political will or India’s immediate strategic environment, the authors instead present a compelling case for what they refer to as India’s “deeply engrained tradition of strategic restraint”.

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