November 18, 2009

TRY NOT TO MESS THIS ONE UP, HUH?:

The Critical U.S-India Relationship: At the upcoming state visit, the challenge for President Obama is to make sure that the United States works closely with India on the issues of mutual concern. (Neena Shenai, November 18, 2009, American)

While President Obama has expounded on the importance of U.S.-India ties, the administration’s actual prioritization of India remains at best unclear. President Obama’s foreign policy agenda is dominated by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and climate change policy. The latter two issues are also significant priorities for India and are areas ripe for bilateral cooperation. Yet the United States and India have not always seen eye-to-eye and significant differences remain. The challenge for President Obama is to make sure that the United States works closely with India on these critical issues of mutual concern so that this bilateral relationship is in fact a strong and enduring strategic partnership. Without this effort, the strategic partnership will amount to naught.

Until the next Republican administration.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2009 6:47 PM
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