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Strategic restrain and Strategic Autonomy

Can someone please explain in brief what do we mean by Strategic restrain and Strategic autonomy? Specially in context of surgical strike and LEMOA agreement with USA ( did india dilute its strategic autonomy?)


  • In short:
    Strategic restraint = not attacking someone (or some country) because doing so might lead to escalation to a full scale war which might prove to be detrimental to the victim (in surgical strike case, India).
    Strategic autonomy = engaging with others (or other countries) in a way that doesn't endanger our decisions/strategies (or in India's case, it's defence commitments and strategies).
    By signing LEMOA, India has not diluted it's strategic autonomy because the deal only allows US the freedom to use India's bases for hosting the former's defence personnel and ships for better military engagement, coordination and cooperation. US will not dictate the terms on which India should or should not engage other countries in matters of defence.
    US has signed similar agreements with several island countries in SE Asia (don't remember their names at present).
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  • Thanks sir.. any other views on strategic restraint?
  • edited October 2016

    Thanks sir.. any other views on strategic restraint?

    A lot, actually.
    But no time to write. :(

    For the moment, just remember that India is slowly doing away with its strategic restraint policy and working towards addressing minor conflicts head on. It has started doing this with non-state actors.
    For state actors, various mechanisms are in place (BSF commanders' meet, SOPs in cases of border transgressions etc.). But these will change as Delhi's outlook towards Islamabad changes.
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  • Strategic restrain is a subset of strategic autonomy..strategic autonomy is taking an action in a way that it doesn't restrict our maneuverability,basically it helps in maintaining maneuverability..India not going for nuclear weapons despite having the capabilty till 1998 is an example of strategic restrain but ultimately when we possessed those nukes was possible due to our strategic autonomy
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