Indo-Russian Relations in the Post-Cold War Era
Outside the Soviet imperium, India was one of the non-Communist countries perhaps most seriously affected by the sudden demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Since the middle of 1980, India had presented a strange paradox. The decade of the 1980s had witnessed a steady expansion in India’s defense capabilities making it a formidable military power in the region. The previous investments in defense production and technology had matured to give India impressive conventional and strategic capabilities. By early 1992, India was a nuclear weapons capable state on the threshold of its own missile production program. However, these same years had also seen a steady decline in India’s political stability. It had become increasingly vulnerable to external interference, and separ-atist challenges to its territorial integrity. These trends were only exacerbated further by the developments in the 1990s. How can one explain this paradox of weakness and strength?
KeywordsForeign Policy Indian Government Territorial Integrity Indian Leader Soviet Leader
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