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Once proudly socialist and nonaligned, India is being remade as a roaring capitalist success story and emerging strategic partner of the United States. Economic reforms have raised per capita GDP and lowered poverty rates, while New Delhi's growing self-confidence may help it become the swing state in the global balance of power.
In this special lead package, therefore, Foreign Affairs has brought together four top experts to analyze the sources and implications of India's rise — and the policies necessary for it to continue.
The India Model
by Gurcharan Das
Once shackled by the state, India's economy is now among the fastest-growing in the world. But for that growth to continue, the state must start modernizing along with Indian society. Read »
India and the Balance of Power
by C. Raja Mohan
For decades, India remained aloof from the international system. Today, however, it is becoming the swing state. The consequences — for the United States and China especially — will be tremendous.
America's New Strategic Partner?
by Ashton B. Carter
The U.S.-Indian nuclear deal struck last summer has yet to be approved by Congress. A top nonproliferation expert says they should agree to it in order to nourish the budding U.S.-Indian strategic partnership.
Will Kashmir Stop India's Rise?
by Sumit Ganguly
Even though the dispute over Kashmir could still spark a war between India and Pakistan, the issue need not hinder India's rise. Indeed, the United States can help broker an end to the conflict.
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