October 20, 2010

CNAS Releases Blueprint for the Future of U.S.-India Relations

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2010 – In advance of President Obama’s much-awaited trip to India in less than 3 weeks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today Natural Allies: A Blueprint for the Future of U.S.-India Relations, authored by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns and CNAS Senior Fellow Richard Fontaine.

The report, endorsed by a nonpartisan group of more than 20 American and Indian experts, recommends "a bold leap forward" in the U.S.-India relationship. The publication will be released at an event in the Newseum's Knight Conference Center on Wednesday October 20th, 2010.

“Now is a critical time in this partnership, a moment to transform past bilateral accomplishments into regional and global successes,” write the authors. “We urge American and Indian leaders to seize it.”

CNAS will launch Natural Allies at an event this Wednesday, October 20, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center. Featured speakers include Secretary Richard Armitage, Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Richard Fontaine and Ambassador Frank Wisner. RSVP for the event here. Camera pre-set time is 12:30 p.m. Press availability with the authors will immediately follow the event from 3:15-3:30 p.m.

The event will be webcast LIVE at www.cnas.org/live.

Watch an exclusive video with co-author and CNAS Senior Fellow Richard Fontaine on the critical aspects of the report.

Natural Allies recommends that the United States give concrete meaning to the phrase "strategic partnership" by deepening relations and strengthening collaboration in a number of areas, including: protecting and preserving access to the global commons; countering terrorism and violent extremism; ensuring access to global energy resources; bolstering the international nonproliferation regime; promoting democracy and human rights; and fostering greater stability, security and economic prosperity in South Asia. A series of working papers focused on several of these areas are also available for download at www.cnas.org:

•    Unleashing U.S.-India Defense Trade
By Kenneth I. Juster, Ajay Kuntamukkala
•    America's Interests in India
By Marshall M. Bouton
•    India, the United States and the Global Commons
By C. Raja Mohan
•    The United States and India 10 Years Out
By Teresita C. Schaffer
•    The Strategic Implications of Indo-U.S. Private Sector Ties
By Rajiv Kumar


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow