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American think-tank launches ‘India: 2020’ programme for US-Indo ties

US and India together can tackle global challenges, from security to providing clean energy, said Kerry.

By: Press Trust of India | Published: July 29, 2014 9:55 am
US and India together can tackle global challenges, from security to providing clean energy, said Kerry. US and India together can tackle global challenges, from security to providing clean energy, said Kerry.

A top American think-tank has launched a programme, ‘India: 2020’, which will examine short and long term policy priorities for every aspect of the India-US strategic partnership with a focus on concrete recommendations that can be achieved by the year 2020.

‘India: 2020’ was launched on Monday by the Center for American Progress (CAP) at an event organised by the top US think tank, where Secretary of State John Kerry, delivered a major foreign policy speech on India.

India: 2020 seeks to build and expand upon strong foundation of existing work on South Asia by CAP and analyse why the gap exists between the current realities and hopes for the relationship, the think tank said in a statement.

Members of the ‘India: 2020’ advisory council include Ashton Carter, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Swadesh Chatterjee, Padma Bhushan recipient, and member of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians, and Vishakha Desai, President Emeritus of the Asia Society and Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Professor at Columbia University.

Other members of the advisory council include Shekar Narasimhan, Commissioner, White House Initiative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and three former US Ambassadors to India, Nancy Powell, Tim Roemer and Frank Wisner.

“The Center for American Progress has a unique opportunity and responsibility to anticipate and shape foreign policy debates on India and the greater South Asia region.

With India: 2020 and the wisdom of our distinguished advisory council, CAP will help chart a new and ambitious course for the US-India partnership,” said CAP president Neera Tanden.

By using 2020 as a benchmark, CAP will anticipate and provide regional analysis and forward-looking policy recommendations in an effort to deepen the partnership with India through trade and investment, defense cooperation, a strategic dialogue for bilateral cooperation, and citizen exchange, a statement said.

In his remarks, Kerry praised CAP for its work on India US relationship.

“CAP has continued to prove that good ideas are still the most important currency in our political debate,” he said.

“That is a principle that has also guided CAP’s work on foreign policy, especially in convening track II – the first intensive climate change dialogue between the United States and India”.

India: 2020, builds on that success by showing how the United States and India together can tackle global challenges, from security in the Asia-Pacific, to providing clean energy, to delivering more inclusive growth,” Kerry said.

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    Rangaesh Gadasalli
    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:30 am
    Many among the group are solid obama supporters and lefties. They will not have any influence among NRI community in USA and the NDA in India. They may not make a big impact. we need republicans and strong US India friendship advocates.
    1. C
      Jul 30, 2014 at 8:07 am
      TRue.. most of this is goverend by empty rhetoric and just business interests...AMericans in generals and Democrats in particular are more open for such rherotical comments and offerstate lunches and special visits etc... Many Indians are floored by such foolish acts that have no long term consequesnce or offer any strategic benefits for India. Modi being modi, he should extract some solid benefits in thers of IP's, defense support , technology transfers or commercial benefits for 10 years for India.. Else, his visit will also be words and more will be written about Indo-US partnership and less will actually happen on the ground..
      1. S
        Jul 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm
        I am sorry. This group is launched by "Center for America's progress". Don't expect any favors, or even balanced policy position from this group. This will only work for American interests, and make beautiful sound bites and try to convince the Indians, why it is good for India.