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India-US Relations: A Conversation on PM Modi's US Trip

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The U.S.-India civilian nuclear deal in 2008 marked a watershed moment in U.S.-India relations. President Barack Obama stated during his speech at the Indian parliament in 2010 that "the relationship between the United States and India--bound by our shared interests and our shared values--will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century." Yet, the two countries have not seen major collaboration in working towards achieving this common goal. Will new developments occur in U.S.-India relations with the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi? PM Modi's visit to Washington D.C. has been anticipated by many and will be carefully scrutinized. Please join us in a conversation with experts of Indian affairs to better understand the future of U.S.-India relations.


Maroof Raza is the Strategic Affairs Advisor for India's most widely watched English news channel, Times Now. A former officer in the Indian Army, Raza has widely commented on India's counter-terrorism strategies as well as India-Pakistan relations in the context of Kashmir. From 1994 to 1995, he was Times of India Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. 

Milan Vaishnav is Associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior.


Irfan Nooruddin is Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Professor Nooruddin specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, as well as democratization and democratic institutions.

This event is brought to you by the Georgetown India Dialogue and the SFS Asian Studies Program.