DHP D262: The U.S. in South Asia since 1947: From Cold War to New Alignments?
This course examines US policy in South Asia from 1947 to 2018. Intersecting history, theory, and policy, it discusses the evolution of America's strategic rationale over time, the local consequences of its policies, and the regional powers' own counter-strategies. During the first third of the semester, we investigate how Washington integrated the subcontinent to its containment grand strategy against the Soviet Union, and the legacy of the Cold War. Then, we explore how the region's status evolved in the post-Cold War era, following India and Pakistan's acquisition of a nuclear-weapon status, the launching of the war on terror, and China's rising influence. The course delves deeply into the US-India-Pakistan triangle but also covers America's relations with other countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.), its role in the Indian Ocean, its competition with other extra-regional powers, and the role of domestic politics.