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The India–United States (US) defence and technology cooperation is pivotal in maintaining international security and order and could yet be the defining one for this century. Analyse.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5. The India–United States (US) defence and technology cooperation is pivotal in maintaining international security and order and could yet be the defining one for this century. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

US and India are – and should be – closely aligned in addressing the threat posed by an authoritarian party controlling the state of China.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the scope of India–United States (US) Defence and technology cooperation.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding the growth of India-U.S relationship in the recent past.

Body:

In the first part, write about US is India’s most comprehensive strategic partner, and cooperation between the two extends across multiple areas such as trade, defence, multilateralism, intelligence, cyberspace, civil nuclear energy, education, and healthcare.

Next, write about the how defence and technology cooperation between the two countries can shape the geopolitical order. Mention the opportunities and limitations in the above.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.