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Dec 08

Indian Globalization and the Transformation of U.S.-India Relations

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India’s global economic orientation and strategic outlook are important to U.S. economic and security policy and interests. An increasingly global strategic outlook from India will impact U.S. foreign policy in significant ways. This conference will examine the issues involved and the interplay between India’s economic path and its global strategic outlook to gain insight into the possibilities for the future of U.S.-India relations.


9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Dr. Kim R. Holmes,
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Morning Keynote Address
Ambassador Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States

10:00 a.m.

Panel 1 – The Health of the Globalization Model and Rise of Alternatives
A stalled WTO and disagreements on outsourcing and the like often put India and the U.S. at odds. How and when can India and the U.S. cooperate on global trade? The financial crisis has put domestic and international regulations and capital flows at issue. How and when can India and the U.S. cooperate in finance? Rising Indian demand has promted more warnings of global resource scarcity. Can the U.S. and India cooperate concerning price spikes in energy and food?

Ambassador Susan Esserman, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
Sunjoy Joshi, Director, Observer Research Foundation
Ashish Chauhan, Deputy Managing Director, Bombay Stock Exchange
Ambassador Terry Miller, Director, Center for International Trade and Economics, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

11:15 a.m.

Panel 2 – India’s Globalization Experience/Future
What are potential Indian paths of economic globalization, including trade in goods and services, movement of capital, information, and people? What opportunities for cooperation between India and the U.S. are created by those paths?

Kapil Sharma, General Manager, North America, Tata Sons, Ltd.
Dr. Derek Scissors, Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address
The Honorable Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs

1:45 p.m.

Panel 3 – How Globalization Will Impact India’s Strategic Outlook
How does Indian globalization impact its global strategic outlook? Where do U.S. and Indian perceptions of India’s expanding global role diverge and where do they converge? How will Indian globalization impact specifically on its military modernization efforts and the U.S.-India defense relationship in coming years? What are U.S. and Indian priorities for expanding bilateral cooperation in the unfolding global strategic setting?

Vikram Sood, Former Director, India’s Research and Analysis Wing
Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Dr. Evan Feigenbaum, Director, Eurasia Group
Dr. Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation (Moderator)

3:00 p.m.

Conference Wrap-Up

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