This book reveals what went on behind the scenes in the years when the Pressler Amendment was in force, through a cast of characters that includes presidents, prime ministers, senators and generals in the US, India and Pakistan. It exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, which the author terms ‘Octopus’, and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent. Neighbours in arms provides a comprehensive account of how US foreign policy in the subcontinent was formed from 1974 till today, and ends with recommendations of a new US–India alliance that could be a model for American allies in the future.
Senator Larry Pressler was a US senator for 18 years. Elected twice to the US House of Representatives and later to the US Senate for three terms, among his signature achievements were the Pressler Amendment, which briefly halted the spread of nuclear weapons in the 1990s, and the epochal Telecommunications Act of 1996 which enabled the start of the Internet.
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Sen. Larry Pressler, author, Neighbours in Arms
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow & Head, Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, ORF
Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF
Sandeep Unnithan, Executive Editor, India Today
Swati Chopra, Penguin House
Vikram Sood, Advisor, ORF, & former Chief of RAW
The timing of this event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.