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Topic - Sadanand Dhume
India, the world's most populous democracy, may hold the keys to success for the Obama administration's self-described foreign-policy "pivot" to Asia, a bipartisan panel of analysts told Congress on Wednesday.
The U.S. relationship with Pakistan is based on outdated Cold War geopolitics and contradictory interests, South Asia experts told a congressional committee on Tuesday.
But unlike Washington, "India doesn't have the luxury of simply pivoting away from the badlands of the so-called AfPak region," said Mr. Dhume, referring to the volatile area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the latter of which shares a long and contentious border with India.
"If the U.S. is seen as cutting and running by its Islamist foes, and this results in an upsurge of violence in both Afghanistan and India as in the 1990s, it will reduce trust between Washington and New Delhi," he said, adding that such circumstances likely would force India to "focus more on interests closer to home than farther afield in East Asia."