Naval War College Review


Fred Greene


India's complete triumph in its surprisingly brief 2-week·.war with Pakistan seems to have had: relatively little impact on world politics or the Asian power balance. Although it created the new state of Bangladesh, it did not alter military alignments or the relative weights of the major states involved and seems to have induced little, if any, change in their foreign policies. Almost a year later, with India and Pakistan groping for a bilateral understanding and the Dacca regime trying to regulate its domestic affairs, the main international political issue seems to be the substantial but delimited one of ordering a delicate triangular relationship on the subcontinent.