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Type: Journal article
Title: The identity politics of India-US nuclear engagement: problematising India as part of the Anglosphere
Author: Davis, A.
Citation: Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 2014; 10(1):81-96
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1948-0881
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Alexander E. Davis
Abstract: Although its precise definition is contested, the concept of the ‘Anglosphere’ has grown in political discourse in the past decade. Anglospherist authors have defined it as a group of states tied together on the basis of shared tradition, laws, liberty and language. And yet they do not discuss India substantively, placing it firmly on the outside of its hierarchy. Others have argued the concept is based in a racialised, Anglo-Saxon identity. In 2005, Manmohan Singh surprised some domestic observers by emphasising India's positive connections to the ‘English-speaking world’ while speaking at Oxford University. Shortly after, India announced negotiations on a civil nuclear agreement with the US, leading to similar agreements with Canada, the UK and Australia. This article uses the contemporary India–US nuclear engagement to investigate India's position in relation to the ideational space of the Anglosphere and how this shapes India–Anglosphere relations. It is argued that India's postcolonial scepticism towards this space combined with the inherent anglocentrism in Anglosphere identity discourse limits India–Anglosphere relations while simultaneously animating nuclear engagement.
Keywords: Indian foreign policy; Anglosphere; postcolonialism in international relations (IR); India-US civil nuclear agreement
Rights: © 2014 Indian Ocean Research Group
DOI: 10.1080/19480881.2014.895483
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