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Order in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region: Indian Hegemony or Indian Primacy?

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India is unlikely to establish a hegemonic order in South Asia/Indian Ocean because of Pakistani intransigence (and its strategic links with China and the United States), and because the simultaneous rise of China and India is creating a larger Asia that is blurring the boundaries between South Asia/Indian Ocean and East Asia. As such, a rising India will attempt to establish a regional order based on Indian primacy in the strategic affairs of South Asia/Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, this will be a dynamic process with uncertain success as India’s ability to do so will be influenced by the US-China-India triangular relationship. At the same time, it will increase the salience of India’s East Asian neighbors in Indian foreign policy.

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Pardesi, M.S. (2018). Order in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region: Indian Hegemony or Indian Primacy?. In: Chong, A. (eds) International Security in the Asia-Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60762-7_9

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