Historically, India's foreign policy has not oscillated on a partisan basis, exemplifying the American adage: politics stops at the water's edge. This doesn't mean politics has no effect on foreign policy in India; it is, however, more attenuated with powers farther away, and amplified with smaller neighbors.
Indian and Chinese soft power is manifested in a variety of mediums, including traditional and pop culture, academic exchanges, and cuisine. Since soft power emanates from a country's history, culture, domestic political arrangements and civil society, it is difficult to measure its impact in a quantitative way as can be done with some forms of economic or military power, including aid and investment, infrastructure projects, and militarization. Thus, the effects of soft power are largely in the eye of the beholder.
Although there is no formal institutional connection between India and NATO, India and the NATO allies, most importantly the United States, informally share an interest in maintaining maritime security in the Indian Ocean and have spent significant resources to combat piracy in this vast area.
To date, Chinese officials have asserted that their interest in Gwadar is strictly a commercial effort to provide another energy corridor for Middle East oil, and Pakistani government officials stridently affirm this position. New Delhi, on the other hand, has expressed "concern" about the true motivations in developing Gwadar, suspecting that it is a Sino-Pak effort at encirclement.
Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR's Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, join John D. Negroponte, vice chairman at McLarty Associates, to discuss U.S.-India relations.
This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.
CFR Senior Fellow Alyssa Ayres discusses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the United States and the evolving U.S.-India relationship, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joins CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss economic growth in India and U.S.-India relations.
CFR Fellows Alyssa Ayres, Jagdish Bhagwati, and Robert Blackwill join Charles Kaye of Warburg Pincus to discuss the results of the recent Indian election.
Isobel Coleman hosts Ann Bernstein, executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, and John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion on how democracy can achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.
Alyssa Ayres leads a conversation on the upcoming elections in India and discusses the role of religion and caste in regional politics, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Jagdish Bhagwati, CFR's senior fellow for international economics, discusses his new book, Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries.
Experts discuss the finding and recommendations of the CFR-Aspen Institute India joint study group report, The United States and India: A Shared Strategic Future.
Wipro Limited Chairman Azim H. Premji discusses his role as founder and manager of Wipro Limited, as well as his philanthropic work in providing quality education in rural India.
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CFR's Michael Levi and Shannon O'Neil discuss their recent CFR report, Energy Innovation: Driving Technology Competition and Cooperation Among the U.S., China, India, and Brazil, coauthored with CFR Senior Fellows Adam Segal and Elizabeth C. Economy with students as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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Listen to Robert Blackwill discuss U.S.-India relations in advance of President Obama's trip to Asia.
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Minister Sharma shares his views on India's economy and role in global economic issues, including India's free trade agreements; the rising profile of trade in India's growth story; the U.S.-India economic relationship; and expectations for President Obama's visit.
William Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, describes the state of the U.S.-Indian relationship and its importance for meeting the global challenges of the twenty-first century.
Listen to CFR expert Daniel Markey, just returned from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan, discuss current U.S. policy toward the region.