Arming without Aiming by Stephen P. Cohen
India's Military Modernization

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India has long been motivated to modernize its military, and it now has the resources.
But so far, the drive to rebuild has lacked a critical component—strategic military
planning. India's approach of arming without strategic purpose remains viable,
however, as it seeks great-power accommodation of its rise and does not want to
appear threatening. What should we anticipate from this effort in the future, and what
are the likely ramifications? Stephen Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta answer those crucial
questions in a book so timely that it reached number two on the nonfiction bestseller
list in India.

"Two years after the publication of Arming without Aiming, our view is that India's
strategic restraint and its consequent institutional arrangement remain in place. We
do not want to predict that India's military-strategic restraint will last forever, but we
do expect that the deeper problems in Indian defense policy will continue to slow
down military modernization."—from the preface to the paperback edition


About Stephen P. Cohen

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Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. His is the author of numerous books, including The Idea of Pakistan and India: Emerging Power (both with Brookings). Sunil Dasgupta is director of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s Political Science Program at the Universities at Shady Grove, and he is also a nonresident fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings. He also spent five years as senior correspondent for India Today.
Published January 14, 2013 by Brookings Institution Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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