The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is conducting a 10-month long project on US – India Relations: Change, Continuity and Transformation. This project is supported by the US Consulate General Chennai, Public Affairs Section. The project aims at studying the US – India partnership across the following focus areas – titled i) US and India: Partners in Global Climate Action, ii) Indo-Pacific Strategy: Reimagining the Maritime Outlook, iii) US-India Trade Relations: To the Next Level and Transformational Technologies and iv) US-India Science and Technology Cooperation. The project aims to prepare a platform for conducting informed discussions and sharing concrete and actionable policy recommendations for private and government functionaries from India and the United States on the focus areas. To that effect, CPPR will conduct four webinars on the selected topics with the participation of subject matter experts from the two countries. The first webinar of the series, on US and India as Partners in Climate Action: A Clean Energy Agenda, was held on June 17, 2021. The speakers at the webinar were Dr Jessica Seddon and Prof. Damodaran. The second webinar of the series, on an Indo-Pacific Strategy: Reimagining the Maritime Outlook, was held on August 26, 2021. The speakers at the webinar were Dr Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Mr. Gregory Poling.
The third webinar, on US-India Trade relations: To the next level, was held on November 10, 2021. The speakers at the webinar were Dr. Rupa Chanda and Mr. Mark Linscott.
The discussions at the webinar were synthesised into this issue brief by Purvaja Modak, with assistance from Srushti Jayawant and Shaurya Vardhan, International Relations Interns at CPPR.
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Purvaja Modak is a Research Fellow, International Relations – Geoeconomics at CPPR. Her research focuses on issues of global economic governance, international trade and finance, economic diplomacy and multilateral financial institutions.
Prior to joining CPPR, she was a Researcher for Geoeconomic Studies and the Manager of the Research Office at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a Mumbai based foreign policy think tank.. She was a fellow at the 2nd G20 Global Leadership Programme 2019, hosted by the Korean Development Institute (KDI) and the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance. Purvaja has also held Research Assistant and Research Associate positions in her academic departments at both Bachelors and Masters levels. She has also interned at Reliable Investments, an exclusive franchisee of Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.
She holds a Masters degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Mumbai with a focus on international trade, finance and regional monetary arrangements and a Bachelors Degree in Economics (BA) from Jai Hind College, Mumbai.