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Title: Changing U.S. security policies towards India from 1993-2013 : India as an emerging partner
Author: Wetering, Carina van de
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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My research uncovers how U.S. security policies towards India have changed during the administrations of Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama. The U.S. and India have engaged in closer relations during the last three US. administrations than in the Cold War period. The core question of my research is: What discursive changes made it possible for U.S. security policies towards India to change since the Clinton administration in 1993? I argue that these changes in security policies are made possible by changing policy discourses during the last three presidencies after the Cold War. The rationale for starting with the Clinton administration is that US.-India relations were often distant until the Clinton administration, after which relations improved. My research will thus make use of a critical constructivist approach in which phenomena are seen as socially constructed. In policy discourses, security policies are not merely solutions to security issues: policy discourses help to construct how a security issue should be understood and how it should be solved. The main aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of how changes in U.S. security policies towards India were made possible during each presidency, analyzing how meanings are produced and attached to objects such as the U.S., i.e. the Self, and India, i.e.' the Other, within policy discourses.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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