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Asia Program

Women’s Voices From the Indo-Pacific

Project Expert

Manjari Chatterjee Miller
Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

About the Project

The Indo-Pacific is a critical region shaping the future of the United States’ role in the world and its competition with China. Yet many of the most influential voices from the United States’ important democratic partners – Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea -- go unrecognized in U.S. policy and media circles. A number of these are women, whose established leadership and perspectives in various fields – political, economic, industrial, scientific, and social -- are critical to any strong understanding of their political landscapes and relationships with the United States.  

CFR’s Women’s Voices From the Indo-Pacific highlights the expertise of powerful women across five U.S. democratic partner countries in the Indo-Pacific. Once a week, CFR will publish an interview with a prominent woman from these countries whose work influences the U.S. bilateral relationship with their respective country, and their role in the Indo-Pacific and the world. Each interview will feature her work and analysis on emerging dynamics in her sphere of influence and how they matter for both the Indo-Pacific and the United States. Think of it as a roadmap to understanding both policymaking in the Indo-Pacific and the game-changing women who shape it.  

Blogs

India

India has one of the world’s largest youth populations. This trend is an asset as long as young people can receive an education and develop their skills.

India

The erosion of press freedoms is just one example of India’s authoritarian turn. If India’s democracy weakens further, can the United States continue to view it as a counterpoint to China?

India

Regional parties help protect India’s democracy, secularism, and diversity. Taking away states’ rights will only hurt the country.

India

India’s many political parties represent the country’s great diversity. But India’s turn toward majoritarianism poses risks for its democracy.

India

In India, farmers own high-value land but cannot translate land into wealth. New models of agriculture and ethical entrepreneurship can fix this. 

India

To succeed in India, U.S. companies need to understand state politics and choose the right local partner. 

India

India’s constitution guarantees the rights to have a good life, vote, and speak freely, but these are not always respected, leading to an erosion of democracy.

India

India’s conservationists face increasing challenges as the country prioritizes economic growth over environmental protection.

India

The United States should learn from the strengths of India's technology industry.

India

With one of the world’s largest education systems, India has struggled to reach all children and ensure quality teaching and learning.

India

As competition with China grows, India and the United States should boost cooperation on space governance.

India

India has made ambitious pledges to reduce its emissions. The United States can help it transition to green energy.

India

India’s entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists are increasingly representative of the country’s diversity. They are playing a critical role in addressing India’s problems.

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