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Natural Allies: A Blueprint for the Future of U.S.-India Relations

Oct 20, 2010
2:00pm to 3:15pm ET

The Newseum's Knight Conference Center
Washington, DC

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The economic, political, and military rise of India is reshaping world politics and promises to make India both a true global power and one of the most important bilateral partners for the United States. Indeed, the strengthened relationship between the United States and India is arguably one of the biggest triumphs of American foreign policy of the past 15 years. But while the Obama administration has taken steps toward deepening the ties between the two countries, many prominent experts from both India and the United States fear that the relationship has stalled.

On October 20, in advance of President Obama’s trip to India this November, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will release a major report on this critical relationship, Natural Allies: A Blueprint for the Future of U.S.-India relations. The event will feature a provocative discussion with the report’s authors, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns – both members of the CNAS Board of Directors – and CNAS Senior Fellow Richard Fontaine. Ambassador Frank Wisner, who served as U.S. Ambassador to India in the mid-1990s, will also provide remarks. Natural Allies, endorsed by a prominent group of U.S.-India experts, offers a series of recommendations for deepening U.S.-India relations and provides a blueprint for the path forward.


The Honorable Richard Armitage
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Member, CNAS Board of Directors

The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School 
Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Member, CNAS Board of Directors

Richard Fontaine
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Honorable Frank Wisner
Former U.S. Ambassador to India

To find out more information about the CNAS U.S.-India Initiative, please click here.