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May 23

U.S. - India Relations: The Road Ahead

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

More About the Speakers

The United States relationship with India is taking on increased political and economic importance, even as the two sides seek to conclude a landmark deal on cooperation in civil nuclear technology.  Join us for a day of in-depth discussion exploring the range of opportunities in furthering U.S.-India ties and the broader stakes of the relationship in helping to promote stability in Asia and beyond.

REGISTRATION   (9:00 a.m.)
 
Coffee, beverages and light refreshments served.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS   (9:30 a.m.)

Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
President,
The Heritage Foundation

V. K. Topa
Advisor,
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Amb. Raminder Singh Jassal
Deputy Chief of Mission,
Indian Embassy

Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President,
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

KEYNOTE ADDRESS   (10:00 a.m.)

The Honorable Nicholas Burns
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

PANEL 1:  U.S. AND INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY PERSPECTIVES   (10:50 a.m.)

How do the United States and India view their foreign policy interests, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and Eurasia?  What are the main objectives of the U.S. and India with regard to these key regions?  Where do interests intersect and where do they diverge?  What are the prospects for greater U.S.-Indian cooperation in these regions?

Amb. Shankar Bajpai
Former Ambassdor of India to Pakistan, China, and the United States

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow,
South Asia,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Ashley J. Tellis
Senior Associate,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moderator:
Walter Lohman
Director,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

PANEL 2:  EXPANDING U.S.-INDIA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC TIES   (12:10 p.m.)

Presenters will examine the U.S.-India investment and trade relationship, with special focus on opportunities for collaboration in the manufacturing sector.

Frank Vargo
Vice President,
International Economic Affairs,
U.S. National Association of Manufacturers

Stanley Roth
Vice President - Asia,
Boeing International

David Good
Chief Representative,
North America,
Tata Sons Limited

Moderator:
Tim Kane, Ph.D.,
Director,
Center for International Trade and Economics,
The Heritage Foundation

LUNCHEON BUFFET   (1:15 p.m.)

PANEL 3:  SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES & PROSPECTS FOR U.S.-INDIA COOPERATION (2:15 p.m.)

Presenters will examine economic development issues in India, looking closely at challenges related to the agriculture and energy sectors and how they are likely to impact future economic growth levels.

Christian Foster
Assistant Deputy Administrator,
Office of Capacity Building and Development,
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Kay Freeman
Office Director for South Asia,
U.S. Agency for International Development

Deepak Mishra
Senior Economist,
South Asia Region,
The World Bank

Moderator:
Daniella Markheim
Jay Van Andel Senior Analyst in Trade Policy,
Center for International Trade and Economics,
The Heritage Foundation