Join a Discussion on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

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June 3, 2010
Conversations With America Join a Discussion on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Update: Watch the broadcast here.

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will hold a conversation with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs Robert Blake on U.S.-India relations after the June 3 Strategic Dialogue. The discussion will be moderated by Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog at 9:30 a.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now on DipNote.

This feature is part of the new "Conversations with America" video series recently launched by the Bureau of Public Affairs in which the State Department's senior leadership hold monthly conversations live, online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics will include foreign policy and global issues. These forums provide a view of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

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Ashim C.
June 4, 2010

Ashim K. C. writes:

My question to both Mr. Robert Blake and Ambassador Terresita Scaffer is "What can the three areas of cooperation between India and USA where are no irritants and can be worked upon immediately to the advantage of both countries and what in US perception are three issues on which Indian position need to change and what is US understanding of what made India take tose positions?"

Ashim C.
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India
June 4, 2010

Yesterday Secretary Mrs. Hillary Clinton said that India's claim to permanent seat in UNSC would be considered when that question is discussed. What is the significance of this statement as it does not spell out what is US position on this issue, which is what specifically people in India want to know...

Ashim C.
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India
June 4, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

@ Ambassador Terresita Schaffer:

How do you think issue created by Pakistan ceding territory of Aksai Chin, which formed part of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, can be resolved.

Khadija
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Illinois, USA
June 4, 2010

Khadija in Illinois writes:

I respectfuly ask state dept that on what basis are we accepting Indian passports for visas to our homeland when india does not accepts US passports from our citizens? What is our policy for that when some country profiles our citizens based on their origin or ethnicity? The question is not about Visa issuance or denial. It is that every US citizen should be allowed to APPLY and use his/her US passport at all embassies of countries whose citizens can use their Passports openly at our embassies without any discrimination. 

Sean A.
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India
June 4, 2010

Sean A. in India writes:

Given the importance the US places on counterterrorism cooperation with India, the David Headley case would seem like a tremendous opportunity to prove to India, through actions, not just words, that the US is committed to the US-India partnership. Why then has Indian access to David Headley been delayed for so long? Why would the US let this issue hurt US-Indian relations when it so clearly could have been a victory?

hikmatullah
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Afghanistan
June 4, 2010

Hikmatullah in Afghanistan writes:

hi this 24 years bacluretee high scool student . the usa india partenership and new talks odf state seceretery with indi gov it will a good begin and in asia it is important usa1! your sincerely hikmatullah t.

Vivek R.
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India
June 4, 2010

Vivek R. in India writes:

To strengthen India US Alliance, India should consider offering airbases facility in India to United States.

This will cement the India - United States of America friendship.

One day this will come true.

Muhammad A.
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Pakistan
June 4, 2010

Muhammad A. in Pakistan writes:

Indian media recently concerned about atomic power increased with compare to its nuclear power as well as missile technology better than India.........i think India will definitely talk with American to over come this power.

Richard M.
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Bahrain
June 4, 2010

Richard M. in Bahrain writes:

Indian people have always looked to the USA as a big brother. U.S. is the greatest democracy in the world and India is the biggest democracy in the world. We share a common DNA. However, we get the feeling that US is quite happy to let Pakistani terrorist do whatever they want in India and elsewhere as long as the terror is not exported to the US. I hope this is not true...... How does US intend to reassure the region and the people of India that this is not true?

Mustafa Y.
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Turkey
June 4, 2010

Mustafa Y. in Turkey writes:

Dear friend,

USA is great country of great people ever...But USA. URGENT NEED NEW IMAGE Ä°N GLOBAL ...Because The world people Have American dream and mostly they live American way of the life...

Have you any new project to Create new Image of USA in GLOBAL?

Thank you. with kind and warm regards...
Yours sincerely; Mustafa Y.--freelancewriter

P.C. Im not an American Citizen But Im deeply proud and glad that Im Top supporter of President of USA. President Barack Obama and Secratary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton...since 3 years on the line...

Abraham J.
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India
June 4, 2010

Abraham J. in India writes:

It is a a wonderful opportunity for the world when two most prominent democracies in the world started engaging in regular meaningful interactions. Avoiding such opportunity to end up as mere ritual, and items for the annual reports,both countries should touch fundamentals of democracy to set examples for entire world.

USA's entry into democracy was an exceptional event in the history mankind with their painstaking obsession for ensuring individual freedom and dignity in governance. This obsession has equipped her people to make their country the envy of every other nation in shortest possible time. But USA has never attempted, or failed to successfully spread this fundamental of democracy in the world. Instead they preferred other options like war and diplomacy to achieve the goal. Hence we have a number of fake democracies in the world where only symbols of democracy like periodical elections etc. takes place. People rot under the old 'spirit of the ruler and the ruled' familiar to history under the reign of Kings. The evil of authoritarian regimes has been taken over by peoples representatives in the sacred name of democracy..without first taking up the task of providing citizens the mush requited dignified entity as individuals. Citizens are mere 'public objects' for these fake democracies for the existence of the state.Hence such countries and even US reel under the threat of terrorism, an inevitable outcome of not caring for the dignified self-hood of man.

Hope this most central fundamental of democracy would definitely be taken up for serious dialogue by both the countries..and set new standards for democracy in the world. Democracy indeed need a real re-invention in the world.

Noman
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Illinois, USA
June 4, 2010

Noman in Illinois writes:

Dear State Dept,

My question is that when will India stop profiling of US citizens based on their National origin, at indian embassies? Issuing or denying a visa is Indian govts authority but to stop certain US citizens, from even applying on their US passports is sheer discrimination. We do not profile Indian nationals at our embassies when they apply for a visa. When will this end?

Thank you

Paul P.
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South Carolina, USA
June 4, 2010

Paul S. in South Carolina writes:

Hi,
this is wonderful opportunity

1. We should build a memorial in Wash. DC dedicated to Mahatma Ghandi.
2. We should have cross cultural lectures and discussions.

Thanks,
Paul S., PhD

Sudhir K.
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Indonesia
June 4, 2010

Sudhir K. in Indonesia writes:

Firstly, The US has spoiled Pakistan by doling out billions on an untrustworthy and double-crossing nation. Pakistan takes the US dole and promptly plays both sides because otherwise the leader would be assassinated by Taliban, Al Qaeda, LeT, HuA or JeM! So the Pakistani politicians play on both sides and, one must admit, they are quite good at it.

Secondly, the US must realize that ISI reports to no one-neither to Government of Pakistan nor to its Armed Forces. So quite often the Commander-in-chief doesn't know what his or her intelligent agents are indulging in.

Thirdly, unless Pakistan is made to learn the hard way that it MUST earn what it spends, the corrupt Army top brass and political leadership will get fatter and fatter on siphoned money, the middle class (to whatever degree it exists) won't know what is happening and poor soldiers and junior cadre of the Armed Forces will be sent out to Afghanistan or Waziristan or to Jammu & Kashmir State of the Indian Union to bleed and die.

Wake up, USA! You are being taken for a ride!!

Nick K.
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United States
June 4, 2010

Nick K. in USA writes:

I do not agree with the Indian claim to sit permanently on the UN Security Council. India is still arguably a Developing Country and still suspected of a wide variety of human rights infringements. Their admission as a full member of the UNSC would send a horrible message to the developing world. China and Russia are already a gamble, why would we jeopardize the effectiveness of 'collective security' any more?

Nasir A.
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Pennsylvania, USA
June 4, 2010

Nasir A. in Pennsylvania writes:

1. Is it possible for Indian State Department to state visa policy regarding Pakistani-Americans and provide information on visa application rejection rate based on the place of birth being Pakistan?

2. If Indian State Department has reservations/hesitation in issuing visas to Pakistani-American Citizens, is it possible to make it known by issuing a public statement so that Pakistani-Americans do not bother to apply for Indian visa and waste money and time?

Joshua D.
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Virginia, USA
June 4, 2010

Joshua D. in Virginia writes:

We claim India is a close partner then. Why USA does't want expand the outdated security council always we are subdued and booed by chinesh and Russions and any security council matter. why can't US expand security council, allow globel players like Bracil,Japan India

Noman
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Pakistan
June 4, 2010

Noman in Karachi writes:

I have strong believe that, US-India strategic dialog will hit balance of power in south asia. India has always been near and closed to Russia, and since India got her freedom, American tried to catch her, and Nehru's non-alignment movement kept US away from India. Now, to counter Chinese threat, US is going to pump air in India balloon. And, the peace in the region is in danger. And, above all, isolating Pakistan from this senario, going to disturb the stability of the region. I hope, two countries learn some lesson from Past, and India should consider that, Your best Friend is Your Neighbor not the person lives out of the town.

Younes A.
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Morocco
June 4, 2010

Younes A. in Morocco writes:

Bearing in mind that the AfPak region is the cause of deep concern for the Western World and the national interests of the USA, strengthening strategic ties with India is a logical strategic and diplomatic move of the US Department of State.

My question is: Why not first find a solution that does not involve India but the core of the problem, that is the very ambivalent attitude of the Pakistanese SIS ? Moreover, an armed US presence inside Pakistan will deter the rise of the recent high risk-taking attitude of the Talibans. This is particularly true in the shadowy region that every one has heard of: the very deep (and difficult to control) border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. One the one hand, this will bound Pakistan to choose in a very crystal-cut manner its involvment with the USA and on the other hand, ease the tensions between the two close enemies (Pakistan and India )about Cachemire (I am not sure of the orthograph).

This move is in no way contradictory with close strategic ties between the USA and India but in my very humble opinion, beginning strong CBMs (confidence building measures) with Pakistan will turn out to be more profitable for the US diplomacy than a strategic alliance excluding Pakistan. All political analysts in the Muslim World will consider the US move as a new evidence that the US is absolutely not taking care of muslim expectations. I may prove wrong but this strategic alliance will one day backfire with the likelihood of a surge in Hindou extremism as well as inter-religious clashes between Indian Muslim and Hindou Muslims. I hope this will never happen but a sixth sense tells me that it may happen. The Path of Hell is paved with good intentions.

With best regards,
Pr. Dr. Y. A.

jim
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Thailand
June 4, 2010

Jim in Thailand writes:

You are only asking for questions. Hilarys last visit to India showed arrogance. In fact it reminded me of Bush. YOu can't bring your environmental ideas and standards to India and impose them. Such an impoverished nation has to take care of itself first.

I propose that you divide the GDP of a country by its population coming up with a ratio which would be current and would guide you as to how much carbon emission they could have and what amount they might have to pay for excess. You would quickly see I guess that Indians and Chinese provide very little emission compared to US and of course that is obvious. They didn't create the problem- the developed world did.

gemi
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India
June 4, 2010

Gemi in India writes:

Does US check on the funds given to indian government ? if not, Why can't such funds be used for US recovery ?

Thank you.

deric m.
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Alabama, USA
June 4, 2010

Deric R.M. in Alabama writes:

what are united state and india relationship? what are india and china relationship? what are india and saudi arabia relationship? what is cuba and india relationship? i beleive the united state should develop stronger relationships and ties with india, cuba, china and saudi arabia. the united states also need to build stronger import and export ties with india, cuba, china, and saudi arabia. the foregin audacity pact.this pact should be put into place 6/4/2010 by the united states state department and discussed on 6/08/2010. this pact will allow these 5 developing nations to prosper and form greater ties with north korea and south korea, adding north korea and south korea to the audacity pact 6/08/2010 after a long weekend of diplomatic talks.

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
June 4, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Are you actually going to entertain any of the questions posted?

I'll wait for my answer when I read the transcript.

Muhammad Y.
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California, USA
June 4, 2010

Muhammad Y. in California writes:

In defiance of U.N. resolutions and in a clear violation of human rights, India is continuing is occupation of Kashmir. India has strained relations with its neighbors, including Pakistan and China. It is a nuclear state with a growing arsenal of other weapons as well. And there is a barrage of human rights violations in various parts of India and rampant corruption. India is also a leading contributor to the world pollution. Given these facts, should India be given prominence in the world forum or should it be asked to first clean its act?

Will D.
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Iowa, USA
June 4, 2010

Will D. in Iowa writes:

Dear Ambassador Schaeffer,

India has contributed many wonderful things to the world and to betterment of America.

Sanskrit is considered by language scholars to be the mother language of Indo-European languages. Much beautiful literature has come from India including the Ramayana which inspires universal values of life and progress in all cultures.

Famous Indian scientists such as Chandra Sekhar have contributed to the progress of physics and astrophysics.

More recently, research published in US journals such as the Yale Journal of Conflict Resolution, Dec, 1988, and replcated over 50 times has found a time-lag correlation between the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique from the Holy Tadition of India, and dramatic drops of crime rates, accident rates, infectious disease rates, war deaths. This remarkable correlation with impeccable published scientific design, and high statistical confidence, finds when only fewer than one percent of any population group, such as a city, or a nation begins the TM technique there is a phase transition to greater order in the society as a whole. For example, the crime rate drops dramatically when less than one percent of a city begins TM. It is analagous to the creation of a small percentage of coherent photons in a light which brings a phase transition to the creation of a higher order light, the lazer. That is to say there is a collective coherence of the entire population of photons which before were relatively unoranized, and consequently less bright and less focussed. This scientific principle applied to society creates enlightenment thanks to the genious of Indian scholars!

India's many wonderful contributions to humanity and to world peace by the above mentioned discoveries and artistic creations should make them a close ally of the US. In this way India and the US can jointly co-operate to create a safer, more civilized world.

Sincerely,
Will M. D.

Lonnie I.
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Texas, USA
June 4, 2010

Lonnie I. in Texas writes:

If you would listen to the people of this great nation.You would not have the problems that you have now.

aqeelkamgar
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Pakistan
June 5, 2010

Aqeel K. in Pakistan writes:

With my little vision,I would say that U.S -India partnership seems to be a part of globalization process.of world,During the first phase,U.S_PAK partnership was priority,On second phase,when china seems to be the next target after breaking down of USSR,resulting in emergence of many new states/countries ,obviously U.S-India techological ties and govermet linkage seems mandatory as India wants to be regional superpower ,land borders of india touches with china.we must not forget that India and china were strong USSR blocks ,huge amount of soviet technology is already with both countries but U.S technological ties with india will strenthen india more with dual tech(soviet and US) but India will obviously ask for more price,like geographical expanssion or having new neighbouring markets like Pakistan,as unipolarization is U.S goal,not india's objective at this stage.India wants to be the regional superpower at this stage,not global.

frankly i dont see much element of true sincererity level between U.S and Indian multi-ties but scratching each others back for common cause. But its not must be overlooked that pakistan's strategic location is much more useful and cost-effective to the cause .North Western region has always been the historic gateway to conquer world.If china is next target after USSR,obviously,India will be preferred for this cause because of longterm pak-china associations. Pakistan should be devided into 7 seperate states,India may not want to get the land of sind region/karachi but would prefer this zone of pakistan as an individuial state,seperated from pakistan so obviously karachi/sind economic dependence would increase on india and india will get new markets.If sind region of both countries would be merged a be a seperate stae,karachi can be the capital othat zone.

As Afghanistan has no seaport,so that will also contribute to economic growth of karachi-sind and gateway to world will remain under economic depence of karachi as afghans use karachi seaport,however landrouts to eastern europe will remain there.Pakistan and India has 200 years of association,the language,culture and breed are quite close.Relatives of same families still live apart,some live in india and some live in Pakistan.

Softening of relationship between 2 countries demands the solution of KASHMIR.In my opinion,kashmir should be made independent state and both countries should sacrifice and withdraw from kashmir,still pakistans contribution to kashmir cause making it indepent state/country would be much more than that of india as UN has already declared decades back that Kashmir is a Part of Pakistan.Ok,if the issue cannot be resolved mutually by 2 countries fighting for kashmiris land,lets enforce UN resolution on kashmir and pakistan then can declare it as a seperate state.If war occurs between china and india,2 regional superpowers,that ll negetively effect the whole world and may change this region worse than vietnan.U.S must give second thought to its foriegn policy with india.If U.S supports fully to UNITED Pakistan,it can be benefitted more interms of output and cost effectiveness as Pakistans strategic location is covering whole eastern Europe,Part of Arab world (Gawader port),Even India,Afghanistan and Iran ,china too (Before US-India technological alliance,Pakistan already signed Kerry Lugar bill which chief of army staff has to follow too.., Bond of moslim world,that can be strenthened and mobilized accordingly,OIC can be a very useful platform if activated under pakistans leadership,.

If we are heading towards next makinkg another vietnan,I think Pakistan is the country that can play better role towards the cause and U.S should reconsider its policies. I think Pakistan needs pervez mushharaf or another musharraf and india need vajpee back! :|

Khadija
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Illinois, USA
June 5, 2010

Khadija in Illinois writes:

Dear SD

It is a Sad Reality that india does not accepts US passports from our citizens based on their ethnicity. For example openly not accepting US passport to even APPLY for a visa by US citizens who have originated in pakistan. They are US citizens, are they not?

What is our policy for that when some country profiles our citizens based on their origin or ethnicity? The question is not about Visa issuance or denial. It is that every US citizen should be allowed to APPLY and use his/her US passport at all embassies of countries whose citizens can use their Passports openly at our embassies without any discrimination.

India condemned and rightly so, when china started discriminating against Indian nationals based on their place of birth on visa applications. Why cant india follow suit of its own stand for its citizens and NOT profile US citizens based on their origin. We are all Americans.

Thank you

Rosemarie
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United States
June 5, 2010

Rosemarie in U.S.A. writes:

Gandhi has always been such an inspiration for me. His charism of non-violence and satagraha seems to be left by the wayside in this global build up of arms. Is there any way to once again recapture his spirit and bring it to a world in need of such courage and witness. The trillions spent on arms deprives the world's poor of their due and destroys the earth and seas and skies...

M.AKRAM N.
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Pakistan
June 5, 2010

Akram in Pakistan writes:

Pros and Cons of India-USA Relationship.

Increasing military and strategic relations between India and USA will have adverse Effects on image of USA in Pakistan,Afghanistan and Kashmir.

USA is already suffering from Bad image problem, due to negative acts and deeds of Israel in Muslims world which is also a main root cause of extremism among muslims.

Now by increasing military relations with India, which is well known for

1) victimization of its huge muslim minority

2) Victimization of People of Kashmir (Only Majority Muslim state in India) and

3) Having enemity with its neighbouring Muslim state of Pakistan.

4) Always trying to create bad relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

All above facts are recognized and well known facts. By having close raltions with Israel and India, it is certain that Muslims of worlds specially people of Afghanistan,Pakistan and Kashmir will see such relationsship with suspicion.

It is requested from USA government not to damage the image of the great nation of USA in the eyes of Muslim world.

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