January 26, 2015

President Obama Goes to New Delhi

By Richard Fontaine

President Obama’s trip to India this month marks the first time an American has been “Chief Guest” at the country’s Republic Day ceremonies, and Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit India twice while in office. Coming just four months after Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s own visit to the United States, the sight of the American president viewing parades on New Delhi’s Rajpath Boulevard will be rich in symbolism. Greeting Obama will be more than pomp and pageantry, however, as the Indian political landscape has changed dramatically since Modi’s sweeping electoral victory last May. The result is both significant opportunity but continued challenges in translating the great potential for cooperation into concrete bilateral policy achievements.

Read the full article at The Aspen Journal of Ideas.