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

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
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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Peter
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Australia
June 5, 2010

Peter in Australia writes:

To Will M D,

First of all, Sanskrit is not Indian. And secondly, Famous Indian scientists such as Chandra Sekhar have contributed to the progress of physics and astrophysics only because they were taught by Westerners and had the privilege and opportunity to study at the best Western Institutions. Furthermore, have you mentioned the fact that India still practices the age old custom of discrimination (caste) RE: Brahman and the untouchables. Quite the contrary, India only serves to set back the clock of equality.

Noman
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Illinois, USA
June 5, 2010

Noman in Illinois writes:

Question:

According to US constitution:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are CITIZENS of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

I respectfuly ask state department that when India is openly refusing Passports as valid travel decument from some of our citizens, based on their ethnicity and origin, why are we accepting Indian passports for travel in our homeland?

Thank you

mark s.
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Montana, USA
June 5, 2010

Mark S. in Montana writes:

i dont know if the us or india are doing this or not,but the communists are a big problem in india, and i think that improving the infrastructure in india would go a long way tward quelling the maoist insurgency in india, by giving people basic services. this would employ a lot of people, and make the people think the indian government is doing something that is directly inpacting their lives. this action would make the people that are disinfranchised, less likely to join the maoists, and quell the insurgency. why, if the us and india are not collaberating on this issue, dont we? i think this is a good idea, we could do so by building health clinics, roads, clean water, ect.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

After hearing Abm.Blake, It seems that US foriegn Office has changed their stance on Pak/India policy which seemingly is leaning more towards India and calling India most Important and Indispensable Partner who's Pro-Soviet policy kept United States at Par for 45 of the 63 years after Independence, and US presence and Interest was carried by Pakistan But! It is very sad that time and again Pakistan who today also is fighting someone else's war, dealing with Insurgencie and giving lives in thousands per month are sidelined again. Pakistan should have learnt the very first time when the Soviets shot down the U2 flown by Gary Powers from Peshawar Air Force Base, Pakistan in 1960 and America backed off Today It would have more standing and respect In the International community.

Kashmir has always been a conflicting Issue and under UN resolutions was never settled, which also resulted in three major wars between the two nations. Now on June 3rd 2010. How did India attained the status of most Important and Indispensable partner of the 21st century. Is that also a Zionist dictation to the White House.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

I feel the Issues between Pakistan and India should be discussed and settled in chronological manner, and the Kashmir Issue and so many other like water and Kargil and Demarcation line and Siachen comes way before the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan will address that when its turn will come It should not be pick and choose basis.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

When India has so much hunger and poverty within its own boundries, what Interest does it has to invest 1.3 Billion dollars in Afghanistan, what worthy cause India is looking at that they are so much charitable?

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

Pakistan has always insisted upon India to hold composite dialogue,but suddenly India has changed there stance and have started talking about building broken relations and mending bridges. Is this the new policy that when If, God forbids Pakistan becomes the next Afghanistan then Pakistan would not even have an enemy to threat with Nukes.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

Pakistan has always stood with United States since Independence. Don't you think It's being bias to offer Nuclear Technology for peaceful Purposes to India and not to Pakistan who is undergoing a big energy short-fall currently.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

How come In your Interview to BBC Amb. Blake, that you kept reiterating that you would not mediate a peace negotiation between Pakistan and India but then you should not add statments like right now Kashmir is not the question on the table and get some progress on the Mumbai suspects. This kind of encouragement hampers progress on the core Issue of animosity.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

To a Question from BBC, You said that India understands very well what the US. is treying to accomplish in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan is vivid, clear and understandable but can you please clear what exactly you want to succeed in doing or fulfill in Pakistan.

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

In his campaigning the then Sanator Obama, now President said Its about time we get this Kashmir Issue resolved and he must have said this keeping the US stand on the Issue under the UN resolution charter. What is the current policy on Kashmir or is there a change from the old policy?

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 6, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

Israel can never in their dreams pay back the loyalty and support shown by the Government and people of United States and every Isreali citizen should pray several times a day for this kind of bondage and friendship to remain Intact. because they are not helping to promote any harmony or peace on this earth.

The kind of provocations and use of force on a peaceful mission to bring food and edible supplies to the hungry people of Gaza is extremely deplorable and beyond words to explain. First of all They should'nt have obstructed them in International waters and when the floatilla was ready to enter the Isreali waters they should have boarded the ships as custom official unprovokingly no weapons no policing just to make sure there are no weapons on board and all the goods are legitimate supplies for humanitarian aid. A simple response to a simple cause. No confrontation and no maligning to the Israeli name but they took the high road as usual and created more animosity and uproar in the world.

I always heard from Jewish people that they are the chosen ones, but I think your rulers and their brains are in there toes and there way of thinking is not helping there cause but there actions are harmful and unjustifiable to some of your own. Think about it . Until next time. Peace

denis m.
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Canada
June 6, 2010

Denis M. in Canada writes:

India can hardly vie with China as long as it lags as badly as it does in the production of renewable enrgy, notably hydro power. At the same time nepal is inching towards a more balanced relationship with the latter with all that implies for cross border problems.

Would it not be advantageous to India and profitable to the USA (and Canada) to promote development and investment on the largest scale of the Himalayan watersheds dams, electricity production, water control and irrigation, removing at the same time some of the repetitive floding of the gangetic plain fro example.

Cheers

SAM
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Oregon, USA
June 6, 2010

Sam in Oregon writes:

Dear Person

I think India is a good partner-country for US in the region. I hope relations continue to progress and that cultural and commercial activities can also increase.

Thank you.

Respects,
SAM

Michel G.
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Canada
June 6, 2010

Michel G. in Canada writes:

India is the cradle of the human race (Mark Twain). It is the world's largest democracy and one of its fastest growing economies. The Obama administration is deeply committed to its relationship with India but it requires "continued hard work”. The problem is that the actual lost of trust between the world's two biggest democracies caused in March a multibillion-dollar deal for military hardware from Russia signed by New Delhi.

Question to Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

There is a common believed in India that the Obama administration has been less focused on its relationship with India in comparison to the Bush administration. The lack of symbolism is pointed as a potential cause. Symbols are often perceived as more important than accomplishments.
- Should the Obama administration do more to work the symbolic of this relation with India?
- How can accomplishments in U.S.-India partnership, be enhance, including on the symbolic way?
- Is the United States interested to help realise the Indian claim to sit permanently on the UN Security Council?

Question to Robert O. Blake, Assistant Secretary South and Central Asian Affairs

India does not want to see the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan end in failure and precipitate it in the hands of Pakistan. India also worries that Washington might sacrifice New Delhi’s interests as it sought Pakistan’s help there. Recently a new wave of allegations and blame against Pakistan terrorists has appeared.
- How can Obama administration balance India’s role in Afghanistan with Pakistan stakeholders.
- Kashmir is the real question on the table between India and Pakistan. India rejects any outside mediation in its dealings with Pakistan. What can the US do to help peace there?

Question for both

The Indians are extremely sensitive to any implication of the United States with China, a close ally of Pakistan. Indian anxiety about China was exacerbated during Obama's trip to Beijing in November.
- What concrete and symbolic proof can the United States give to India to secure its relation?

- Security and counter terrorism is an important ingredient of America’s dialogue with India. What important help cans United States give to India that no other countries can give?

Mohamed M.
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Sri Lanka
June 7, 2010

Mohamed U.M.M. in Sri Lanka writes:

Dear respected sir/madam,

I would like to thank you for us to participate for this event while you know since 30 years our country was under war, also more than 28000 soldiers were killed by the LTTE calderas, so my question is did the LTTE grown by own themselves or like Indian militant provide for them weapons?

Other question we happy about the American team work to provide for us the good environment! the meantime my question will you promise to save and secure us in future from any other militant powers?

Truly,
Mirza U.

Seshan M.
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Massachusetts, USA
June 7, 2010

Seshan M. in Massachusetts writes:

I would like to know why the U.S. government continues to aid and abet Pakistan which in turn is providing sanctuary and aid to Osama Bin Laden, Al Quaida and the other terror outfits like the Laskhar -E-Taiba. When will The U.S. declare Pakistan a terrorist country and move accordingly? It is weel know that the ISI in Pakistan9 a Satae within the State) is actively providing help and support to terror outfits. It is also an open secret taht Osama BIn Laden received Dialysis in a military hospital in Peshawar Pakistan. Is the U.S purposely encouraging Pakistan to keep a check on Indians because the Indians are considered less of a human beings because of their body skin color?

Rajan K.
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Texas, USA
June 7, 2010

Rajan K. in Texas writes:

Galveston, Texas established a Sister City relationship with Trivandrum, Kerala, India in 1994. Several delegations from Trivandrum visited Galveston. Government of India is aware of this relationship and India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao was in Washington Embassy when this relationship took place. USA and India desires People to people relationship according to the June 3 statement. My question: Will President Obama visit our sister city Trivandrum during his November trip to India to promote that vision. Thanks Rajan Koshy, Chairman, Galveston-Trivandrum Sister City Society.

Manu S.
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District Of Columbia, USA
June 7, 2010

Manu S. in Washington, D.C. writes:

India and Indians have been terribly disappointed by the handling of David Coleman Headley issue. Infact this issue has become the single biggest "Public Diplomacy" fiasco for the US in India in recent times. What more steps would distinguished panelists suggest to the administration for addressing this crisis?

Tiffany
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District Of Columbia, USA
June 7, 2010

Tiffany in Washington, D.C. writes:

How will the U.S. and India solve problems relating to the threat of stolen identities over the internet and post immigration?

OysterCracker
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United States
June 7, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

@ Tiffany: Excellent point Tiffany. The stolen identity issue is of grave concern. The government has/had employees selling fake birth certificates for profit. Imagine trusted employees in positions of great authority who chip away at our country's defenses by selling sensitive/top secret material? TSA could stop these secrets from being passed through if they knew what to look for or were smart enough to assess what risk actually is. If you can't get agents to respond to a security risk, imagine everything else of greater risk passing through and it most certainly happens on a continual basis.

OysterCracker
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United States
June 7, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

It makes very little sense to me why India hasn't established excellent schools across its nation. They obviously have a good system of teaching technical subjects and Indians tend to excell in most areas. Why aren't the best practices of education in India's best schools copied and exported to every village in the country. This is such a travesty to have so many brilliant children wasting their minds because no has the will to make it a reality in India.

Reggie S.
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Iowa, USA
June 7, 2010

Reggie S. in Iowa writes:

As part of civil reconstruction project in Afghanistan and in order to increase their self-sufficiency, it would be optimally beneficial for all countries in the region - including Pakistan - for it to allow a direct land corridor between India and Afghanistan via Pakistan for commerce and trade. Currently, transporting civil aid from India through sea to Afghanitan is a logistical nightmare. A land link can increase the economic benefits to the people of landlocked Afghanistan. This could also be a precursor for Pakistan to build trust with India for the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline. Given the current trust deficit India has about the safety of the gas pipeline traversing Pakistan, this land-link could, hopefully, help build the sacred trust.

Preben V.
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Belgium
June 7, 2010

Preben V. in Belgium writes:

What is the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership? Where is it about? What's its history? Is it the same as speaking about U.S.-India Relations? Is there a reason why these two countries seem to like each other? Why? What does it mean for their relations with countries like Pakistan, China and Iran, who also see this strengthened cooperation between the U.S. and India?

Taha
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Illinois, USA
June 8, 2010

Taha in Illinois writes:

My Question is that India is a large democracy which holds a critical importance in todays economic world. But some actions of Indian foreign ministry are questionable if it really wants to be a seen as a democratic country in United states.

Indian foriegn ministry has been barring US citizens from certain backgrounds to use their US passport to travel or even apply for any kind of visa of India. It clearly discriminates against a large community of US citizens while all other US citizens are allowed to use their US passports to apply for a visa to inida.

What is State department's response to that? Are we going to let our Citizens interests spearhead our friendship with india or it is not important in the process of bidge building with Indian government?

Thank you

Ahmed S.
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California, USA
June 8, 2010

Ahmed S. in California writes:

State dept. and specifically Sec. Clinton has been very critical after Afzal Shehzad/NYC Times square botched bomb plot, high-lighting consequences for Pakistan If any involvment or link would be establish. We need to check our own system where cracks still exist because the link of him being a US national was more vivid then anything else, since he had undergone the US scrutiny process of switching Nationalities we have no right to blame other nations. Just yesterday two American citizens were taken-off at Newark Liberty Int. airport from a Somali bound flight. Now under such circumtances does it look good on our part to blame a poor, under developed country with limited resources to fight such subversive activities and what are we doing to help that country who are loosing Innocent civilian lives by the dozen or two every day in one city or the other and how far are we to be blamed for their losses.

Let me take you back in time when Soviets took over Afghanistan and an exodus of refugees came hurling down into Pakistan. they brought drugs and guns culture into Pakistan. Those refugees because of drugs, guns and US support were wealthy. There off-springs were born in Pakistan who are the now known as Pakistani Talibans mixed with some of the Pakistani tribal because of the Inter-marriages across the border, plus those children of the so called mujahideen are today have grown and are in the age group of 25 to 35 years, and are creating problems for Pakistan.

These offsprings by birth are Pakistanis Like people come to this country to give birth to a US born child.

Now, the argument is what do we expect Pakistan to achieve in this set-up when their own people are dying with hunger and poverty, No electricity, no drinkable clean water, no job growth, no education and health for families and Individuals and to top it off Terrorism in every part of the country, Some home grown terrorist and burglers due to the above mentioned factors, some because of us, and some supported by Raw and mossad. The corruption is at all time high in the Govt. but they are backed by the auspices of CIA and US administration.

Pak Armed Forces are over stretched because on eastern borders is there arch enemy India, who is always watching to take advantage of any kind of lapse, on Western and Northern borders are NATO and coalition forces, Hats of the Armed Forces that the way they have defended the country in these trying times where we have a political dead-lock, Mis-trust between Jury and administration and a whole lot more., Like weak local currency against forign,pressure from IMF to escalate prices which are already beyond reach of 95 percent of the population because of which people are commiting robberies and who are too scared to rob are commiting suicides or are selling their human organs or their children.

In all this we should ask ourselve and check how much of a factor are we in this article and what can we contribute as humans for the sake of humanity to salvage the situation and help this poor nation of 180 million people, then to blame them of not doing enough.

We should look at the cost of keeping American troops in Afghanistan and compare with the economic and Military assistance provided to Pakistan and then compare that with what Pakistani Forces have achieved against talibans and what Nato forces have done. The answer will conscientiously force you to support and strenghten Pakistan's Armed forces in this ordeal. CIA and the US administration is very well aware of the fact that RAW India's premier Intelligence agency is involved to destabilize Pakistan and they should have taken a notice of It in last weeks strategic dialogue, then to proclaim India as the most Important and Indispensable partner of the 21st century. While Pakistan who has always stood with the United States in their time of need but was always redondent and sidelined after there usefulness is over. I can still recall after 9/11 the Bush administration still jokes and laughs about that when we went to Pakistan with 13 demands expecting that even If Pakistan approves of 3 or 4 it would be considered an achievement and when presented to there disbelieve Pakistan excepted all of them. That was not because Pakistan was taken for a ride but Pakistan was equally sharing your loss and grief, the 180 million people always have genuine and good feeling towards America but were always dumped in the end.

Until next time.
Thank you and Peace.

Kumar
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Michigan, USA
June 9, 2010

Kumar in Michigan writes:

After Afzal Shehzad, NYC Times square botched bomb plot, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Pakistan of "very severe consequences" if a terrorist action on US soil were linked to Pakistan. She also observed that some Pakistani officials are aware of the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden and Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. In spite of all the US financial aid, it’s also known that the offensives against Islamist rebels by Pakistani troops have mainly focused on the militants or Pakistan Taliban who have attacked civilian and official targets inside Pakistan, and spared those groups of rebels or Afghan Taliban who conduct cross border raids into Afghanistan on American troops and NATO forces.

My question to both Ambassador Teresita Schaffer and Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake is;
1.How long is the US going to be funding and equipping Pakistan without direct accountability?
2.Is it not high time that US set specific targets and goals for Pakistan to accomplish?
3.Can the release of US funds be linked to Pakistan giving tangible proof of specific deliverables?

Jaa
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Germany
June 10, 2010

Jaa in Germany writes:

Since India is arguably the most corrupt country on earth its people seem to embody the same corrupt values which make them want to leave their country and go live elsewhere. How is the US going to ensure that values we hold dear in the west like honesty, integrity and fairness continue to be the norm and are not slowly replaced by inferior values from inferior cultures like India for instance?

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
June 10, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

National Socialism seems to be alive and well in Germany! Many thanks to Jaa for the heads up!

ogoubi
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Togo
June 14, 2010

Ogoubi in Togo writes:

Please, as you see it'is so late. I'm Physician with a very small time to give sometimes; so next time, I'll give more attention to my AMRICA.
Dr Ogoubi K.W.
MD,PhD

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