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XVIII. India-Pakistan engagement with the greater Middle East: Implications and options

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This chapter examines Indo-Pakistan relations to assess their implications for the Greater Middle East (GME). Both countries are frantically engaged in deploying their military and nuclear capabilities, resources as well as extra-regional connections, with an intention to alter the balance of power in one’s favor, as this is evident from their close contest for enhancing the level of strategic cooperation with the United States, especially after 9/11. Moreover, the deep-seated historic hostility between India and Pakistan has produced a peculiar geopsychology among ruling elites to outmaneuver the other in order to contain each country’s political, economic, and strategic influences in GME rather than to contribute to peace, prosperity, and stability there. The chapter explores interaction and interconnectedness between the three core concepts—geopolitics, geoeconomics, and geopsychology—while evaluating Indo-Pakistan engagement with GME to advance and safeguard their respective manifold national interests.

Keywords: geoeconomics; geopolitics; geopsychology; Greater Middle East (GME); Indo-Pakistan engagement; national interests; United States



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