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  • A Forecast of the Modi-Trump Meeting

    No new initiative likely on strategic cooperation front, and complaints on H1B visa issue unlikely to fall on receptive ears since available data does not support the current Indian urban myth.

    June 22, 2017

    Modi Meets Trump – What To Expect?

    The main objective would be for Modi and Trump to come on the same page on key issues such as terrorism, UN reforms, South China Sea and the future of climate change.

    June 21, 2017

    Nidhi Baraiya asked: Is the US not in favour of India getting the APEC membership?

    Jagannath P. Panda replies: India’s prospective membership in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is a long-debated subject. New Delhi has been aspiring for the APEC membership for the last two decades. It had applied in 1997 and again in 2007. Earlier, India’s economy was not viewed as developed enough or sufficiently ingrained into the Asia-Pacific region to be included in the APEC.

    Vivek Kumar Nag asked: America supports Pakistan financially and militarily on the one hand, and stands together with India on the other. What exactly is the American position on Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks in India?

    Alok Deb replies: The biggest asset that Pakistan possesses is its location - a bridge towards West Asia through Iran, towards Central Asia and Russia through Afghanistan, and towards China through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Also, it shares a land border with India and has direct access to the waters of the Indian Ocean. These regions have traditionally been vital to Western strategic interests.

    India - US Cyber Relationship

    India - US Cyber Relationship

    While the intent exists to forge a strong partnership on cyberspace issues, there is much groundwork to be done to actually build trust and move forward together.

    June 14, 2016

    India : US :: China : US – Cyber and Bilateral Visits

    India : US :: China : US – Cyber and Bilateral Visits

    While the China-US Cyber agreement is an attempt at conflict management or risk mitigation, the India-US Cyber agreement is a joint quest for security driven by a common threat perception, democratic values and growing dependence.

    June 09, 2016

    Rebalancing with India

    Rebalancing with India

    New Delhi is aware of Washington’s keenness to marshal India as the power that can tilt the strategic balance in Asia.

    May 31, 2016

    Danish Mallick asked: Is the Indian strategy to align with the US to balance China the only or the best option left?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: It would be wrong to presuppose that India considers China as a threat, and prefers an alliance with the United States (US) to counter this threat. India attaches highest priority to having good and friendly relations with China, and considers it as among its most important relationships. Various statements issued by the Indian leaders and the Ministry of External Affairs testify this assertion. However, at the same time, one cannot wish away the complexity of relationship between the two countries.

    Bhumish Khudkhudia asked: Is it true that the United States had denied GPS to India during the Kargil War? Did the denial lead to the development of IRNSS by ISRO?

    Ajey Lele replies: There is no official information available in the open-source about any such denial by the United States. However, few references to this effect are found in the media. The Kargil war took place during mid-1999, whereas the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) started developing the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) around 2010.

    Prince Sharma asked: What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements? Why the US wants India to sign them? Should India agree to it?

    Saroj Bishoyi replies: The Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geo-spatial Cooperation are the three foundational agreements that the US has been insisting on India to sign to further enhance the bilateral defence and strategic relationship. The US argues that the CISMOA and BECA would enable technology transfer and seamless communication between the military systems of the two countries.

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