Unequal Partners: U.S. Collaboration with China and India in Research and Development - by CWP Alumni Andrew Kennedy

Sunday, Jul 9, 2017
by dsuchens

FOR MORE THAN SEVEN DECADES, leadership in technological innovation has sustained the unique position of the United States in the international system. From nuclear energy to the Internet, U.S. preeminence in pioneering new technologies has been an important source of the country’s economic affluence and military might. In this context, it is not surprising that scholars now debate how rapidly emerging powers—particularly China and India —are de velopin g their own capacities for innovation. Thus far, this debate has reached no consensus. Some scholars are impressed with the Asian giants’ innovation trajectories, others criticize various weaknesses in their national innovation systems, and still others remain essentially undecided.


While this debate has feature d impressive scholarship, it has left a critical question unaddressed: how important have China and India

ANDREW B. KENNEDY is Senior Lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is the author of The International Ambitions of Mao and Nehru: National Efficacy Beliefs and the Making of Foreign Policy, as well as various articles on the foreign relations of China and India in leading journals.


  • Andrew B. Kennedy

  • First published: March 2017
  • DOI: 10.1002/polq.12573

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