The India–US relations have undergone a transformative change since 1947. The two countries have found common grounds with the increasing convergence of interests and democratic values. The US is one of India’s strongest strategic partners and high-level diplomatic visits have further improved the bilateral relations between the two nuclear powers. The India–US relations have become multi-dimensional with improved cooperation in the fields of security and defence, trade and investment, science and technology, environment, agriculture, education, space technology, cybersecurity, nuclear energy, health, etc. The India–US partnership is founded on a shared commitment to freedom, democratic principles, equal treatment of all citizens, human rights, and the rule of law. The countries have shared interests in promoting global security, stability, and economic prosperity through trade, investment, and connectivity. The US supports India’s emergence as a leading global power and vital partner in efforts to ensure that the Indo-Pacific is a region of peace, stability, and growing prosperity.
CPPR in collaboration with the US Consulate General in Chennai launched the project titled, ‘US–India Partners for Change’. The project aims to create an inclusive and conducive platform for subject experts and stakeholders from India and the US to engage in discussions to enhance convergences and synergies between India and the US, primarily in four focus areas: 1) US–India Trade Relations, 2) US–India Science and Technology Cooperation, 3) Indo–Pacific Strategy, and 4) US and India as partners in global climate initiatives. CPPR has organised four webinars, each focusing on one of the focus areas where an Indian and an American subject expert deliberated and spoke to an online audience.
The finale of the project is the two-day conference to be held in Kochi.
Ms. Judith Ravin
Consul General, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India
Shri Sujeet Kumar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Government of India
Amb T.P. Sreenivasan
Advisor, CPPR, former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
Mr. Michael Kugelman
Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia-Wilson Centre, USA
Ms. Anne Lee Seshadri
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India
Dr. Josukutty C.A.
Associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala.
Prof. (Dr.) G. Gopakumar
Advisor, CPPR, Former Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod
Dr. Harinder Sekhon (virtual),
Strategic and Foreign Policy Analyst
Mr. Aditya Ramanathan
Associate Fellow, Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru
Dr. Anu Unni
Associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala
Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Gadnayak
Senior Technical Advisor, Disaster Risk Management & Emergency – UNDP, Rwanda
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram (virtual)
Research Fellow, Centre Marc Bloch (CMB), Germany
Mr. Deepak L. Aswani
Chairman & MD, Aswani Lachmandas Group
Dr. R P Pradhan
Distinguished Fellow (Political Economy), CPPR; Associate Professor, BITS Pilani, Goa
Mr. Kapil Kaul
National President, IACC, Mumbai
Mr. Vikram Singh
Senior Advisor, Asia Program at USIP, USA
VAdm. M. P. Muralidharan (retd)
Hon. Distinguished Fellow (Maritime & Defence Studies), CPPR; Director General of the Indian Coast Guard (retd)
Dr. Uma Purushothaman
Assistant Professor, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod
A series of webinars were hosted as part of the project on the below mentioned themes. These webinars had distinguished speakers to deliberate on how India and the U.S. can align their individual objectives in these core areas.