Conversations With America: A Discussion on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 8, 2010

On June 8, 2010, at 9:30 AM (EDT), Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, held 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 was moderated by Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs.

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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Christopher C.
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District Of Columbia, USA
June 8, 2010

Christopher C. in Washington, D.C. writes:

What specific issues were on the table regarding infrastructure development? Were the talks successful?

Tim D.
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Texas, USA
June 8, 2010

Tim D. in Texas writes:

How safe is it to travel in India outside a tour group? Thinking mainly of concerns about the Maoists. Where are they active? What is their goal? How much of a threat are they to the Indian government? To people who live in the areas where they are active?

Rajan K.
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Texas, USA
June 8, 2010

Rajan K. in Texas writes:

Galveston, Texas has a sister city in India, Trivandrum, Kerala, S. India. In 1994 we established that sister city relationship. As per the US-India Strategic Dialogue, People to People relationship is important and want to encourage between USA and India. What better platform for that than the sister city relationship between a city in USA and India according to Sister Cities International. My question is will you encourage President Obama to visit our sister city in India on his trip to India during November 2010.
Thanks,
Rajan K. Chairman, Galveston-Trivandrum Sister City Society

Khadija
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Illinois, USA
June 8, 2010

Khadija in Illinois writes:

It is a very positive relationship. India and Pakistan both are strategic assets to US and we need to strengthen them both. Though the disturbing trend at Indian embassy of profiing US citizens based on their origin should be stopped. India is a democracy and these policies are not resonating with democratic procedures.

U.S does not profile Indian citizens at US embassies.

Thank you

Ashim C.
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India
June 10, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

There have been a wide area of cooperation between US and Indian corporates but precisely because they were in private sector, they did not acquire the desired level of visibility during cold war times and soviet russia was there helping government owned public sector and getting huge mileage in India when India was pursuing a strong mixed economy with overwhelming importance to role of public sector and state in developing enterprises. These historical facts have created deeply engraved perceptions on Indian mind; Indian business class have their own financial limitations and are not ready for the scale and sizes of projects that india needs as of yesterday in road, port, railways, food processing, housing and construction including rural infrastructure, energy , , hospitality , health and educational infrastructure and most importantly insurance and financial sector.. Therefore, there is need to for a growing realisation for in USA to treat enterprises as enterprises perse and not differentiate them along private and public sector lines and instead include US private sector and freshly created India public sector entities like LIC, GIC, SAIL, ONGC, Port Trusts, AA OF India, Railways, NTPC, NHPC, NHAI, BHEL, BEL, NBCC, FCI, CWC , CIL, etc on agenda with Indian Private sector participation in those public sector subsidiaries. There can still be pure private sector collaboration and cooperation at the stage of execution of project. Such a model shall help in circumventing certain traditional objections to US India cooperation inn economic sphere. Such model shall elicit support from Indian bureaucracy too. In US Indian Business Council ensuing meetings, Indian private sector must spell out what it wants and can do to avail the opportunities that India US strategic relation shall open up.

Pamela G.
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West Virginia, USA
June 10, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is very exciting to be able to read and understand our policies in each nation. I would love to read more about our policies to other countries.

Aqeelkamgar
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Pakistan
June 11, 2010

Aqeel K. in Pakistan writes:

When the process of unipolarization started,strategic location of Pakistan and broad specterm cooperation between U.S-Pakistan was INDISPENSABLE,India used to be soviet bloc at that time when Pakistan and U.S cooperated on globalization/Unipolarization,even carriculam of school text books were changed by suggession of some canadian org.

Jihad was promoted,Pakistan was given all necessary military,social,public,cultural,economic support by U.S & a lot more which resulted resulted in tranformation of world from bi-polar system to unipolar world-soviet union was disintegrated in many small states leving behind 2 regional superpowers,china and india and single super power,The U.S.

We all understand that we dont get what we desrve but what we negotiate.Pakistan did not negotiate for long term U.S support and technology transffer but for traditional weaponary support.India wants to expand longitudenally,and wants to be the only regional superpower.If we assume that next target is china ,then yes such a high cost U.S -India partnership beyond govt linkage may be justified but still i disagree with president obamas idea that such much big level of mutual cooperation which goes beyond govt linkage and puts heavy economic burden on U.S is Indispensible.We always do have contigency plans too.here what I see is common cause of U.S and India bringing them closer and india is far better at negotiting with U.S as compared to compare to Pakistan when there was need for disintegration of soviet union.What is indispensable is scratching each others back for a common cause.

If Ex president musharraf would be elected president and would be in power ,for sure U.S will not have to bear this much high cost as Pakistan is not power hungry,its needs ,size and population is much lower than india ,it has its influence on moslim world too which is second largest population of the world after cristianity,during his regime,pak-india relationship was improved,kashmir issue was close to solution,He has excellent negotiating skills,wether its U.S,India,Israel,China or muslim world.

World cannot affoard to have another Hiroshima/nagasagi type blast during this 3rd world war which is going on ..If its a 3rd world war already going on,peaceful offens is better strategy whehere pakistan can play wonderful role in pro peaceful unipolarization,in south east Asia,gulf and Arab/middle eastern world ,provided Musharraf comes back in power through elections.

Ogoubi w.
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Togo
June 12, 2010

Ogoubi W. in Togo writes:

I'm so glade to read from people around the world.I think the countries of the world including americans in US are waiting for somting differant from our foreing policy and surely they cann't feel it correctly and express it and discuss about it and gain and obtain the usok on it after all. Can we help them?

Aqeel K.
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Pakistan
June 13, 2010

Aqeel K. in Pakistan writes:

the movie Conversations With America: A Discussion on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue is highly informative and comprehensive. I ve gone through the website of IISS too which and also read BBC comments on india,U.S,Israel as axis,IISS is addressing the whole world,every region and their related issues.

IISS is covering very important global issues like ConflictAfghanistan SecurityDefence and Military Analysis ProgrammeGlobal Issues and InstitutionsMajor Power RelationsLatin American SecurityNon-Proliferation and DisarmamentTransnational Threats and International Political RiskAsia-Pacific SecurityTransatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and SecurityEuropean SecurityGulf and Middle Eastern SecurityRussia and EurasiaSouth AsiaUS Foreign Policy and Transatlantic AffairsSoutheast Asia including this region based on research but to bring peace and stability in this region (souuth east Asia)

Its important that issues between india and pakistan should be resolved or the regional map should be changed.India and pakistan public have had enjoyed 200 years of living with each other and still have public to public relationship.Goverments of both countries should relax their foriegn policies for each other for the public benefits.roots of pakistanis still exists in india..All what is needed is increased level of trust on each other,sincererity in building good relationship full of trust and sincererity,areas of differences of opinion should be resolved with concences building through tools like fb or others..high noise level of oneness may be created omong public of 2 countries.As for foriegn policies of 2 countries with other countries like china,afganistan,iran and U.S plus other countries vary because of their own priorities at this time.Kashmir is the key issue between india and pakistan that must be resolved.Kashmir can be announced as an independent country for which both pakistan and india will have to sacrifice for better future and stability in region.

Yes,Pakistan is facing internal insurgency but why?ofcourse because Pakistan was main country which contributed major role towards unipolarization and at that time U.S full support was with Pakistan because it was Unipolarization was U.S interest .Pakistan did nt want to be a global leader nor it could be so now when back-fall comes on pakistan,Its not wise to say that its Pakistan's war alone and its not out of normal to look at Unipolar Leader of today-the U.S for support and shared interest in stabilizing pakistan.

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