UDC 355.356(73:540)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 71 (2020)
Vol. 71, No 1179-1180, pp. 48-64
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_mp.2020.71.1179_80.3

Original scientific paper
Received: 23 Jun 2020
Accepted: 23 Jul 2020

PERSPECTIVES OF THE AMERICA-INDIA ALLIANCE IN LIGHT OF THE “CHINESE THREAT“

Vuković Nebojša (Autor je naučni saradnik u Institutu za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), nebojsa@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

In the paper, a possibility that the United States of America and India enter a military alliance treaty (for example, analogous to the agreements the USA has with Australia or Japan) during the next decade (2020 – 2030), thus raising their current partner relationship to a qualitatively higher level, is critically analyzed and assessed. The continuous economic expansion, as well as the military strengthening of the PR of China (together with its ever-greater presence in the oceans), which both countries – i.e., India and the USA – perceive as a potential security threat and a possible aggressor, are mentioned as the primary motive for such a potential arrangement. The most important factors speaking in favor of the formation of such an alliance, as well as those factors that might influence the non-execution of such an arrangement, are enumerated and expounded. The basic thesis in the paper consists of the attitude that chances for the formation of an America–India military alliance during the forthcoming decade are very moderate due to a series of circumstances (limitations) that, first of all, pertain to India.

Keywords: the United States, India, China, Indo-Pacific, military alliance