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Democracies in Tandem

Authors: Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Naresh Chandra, Ambassador of India to the United States
September 14, 2011
Hindustan Times


India's common democratic values, growing economy, geographic location and strategic assets make it an indispensible partner for the United States. On a number of issues of global governance, India remains the most important ‘swing State' in the international system. The US remains the preeminent global power and matters greatly to India's rise with respect to the balance of power in Asia and beyond.

Today, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute India are releasing a joint report prepared by a group of distinguished individuals. The report analyses shared US-India national interests on various difficult global challenges and proposes dozens of specific policy prescriptions to reinvigorate long-term cooperation between the two democracies.

Both nations desire a stable, pluralist Pakistan. But Pakistan appears to be in systemic decline. For the last decade, the US attempted to alter Pakistan’s calculus in Afghanistan and cause it to cease State support for terrorism.

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