Analysis of the Intentions of the United States Defence Strategy in South Asia since 2001
Madanayke, Vibusha K.
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The research begins with questions that relate to the objectives of the US Defence Strategy; whether it is to combat terrorism as stipulated in US Documents or whether it has other intentions bordering on any other hidden agenda. In this direction, this research proposed to find out the intensions implied, rather than what was expressed in the Declared Documents. It is started by hypothesizing that the declared objective was only a get set go - a deep laid hegemonic objectives. The incidence of the September 2001 terrorist attack was only a door that opened up for the US to make an international move at intervention in another country. The US introduced a Military Program of a Defence Strategy putting forward the wish to punish the offender? the Al Qaeda. The Methodology used in the research was a qualitative search through a multifaceted ethnographic mode of data gathering. The researcher made an interaction with the interviewees graded into their coverage and such information were juxtaposed against the documentary data available in relevant statistics and literature. The latter part of this research presents the relevant interventions and defence action that followed the US policy declarations. The intentions of long term objectives are implicit in the chain of defence activities that followed to date. This research has traced the historical path through which strategic changes were effected, through the Defence strategy document. It was a huge project dealing with India on one side and Pakistan, a polity with more differences than similarities with India. In addition, South Asia with almost 85% under poverty line, created for US a variety of problems that militaristic methods alone could give an answer to. Political Equality, Social Opportunity, Economic Liberty, Human Rights for Self-advancement were a part of the undeclared ideological change expected by the US in its broader deep laid ideology.