Tilting at windmills: The flawed U.S. policy toward the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war

  title={Tilting at windmills: The flawed U.S. policy toward the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war},
  author={Christopher Clary},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={677 - 700}
  • Christopher Clary
  • Published 4 February 2019
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
ABSTRACT This article examines decision-making mistakes made by U.S. President Nixon and national security advisor Kissinger during the 1971 India-Pakistan crisis and war. It shows that Nixon and Kissinger routinely demonstrated psychological biases that led them to overestimate the likelihood of West Pakistani victory against Bengali rebels as well as the importance of the crisis to broader U.S. policy. The evidence fails to support Nixon and Kissinger’s own framing of the 1971 crisis as a… 


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