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Dhruva Jaishankar

"India's Realignment: The World's Largest Democracy in a Fast- Changing World"

Thursday January 11,2018

By 2050 India is expected to join the United States and China as one of the three largest countries in the world by   both population and economic activity. Barring an unexpected change in China, India will be the largest democracy. And India is a nuclear power.  For all of these reasons, how India manages its foreign policy matters.
 
For most of the time since its independence in 1948 from Great Britain, India has prided itself as a non-aligned nation free of alliances. From 1971 until 1991 India had major disagreements with both the US and China; during that time it aligned with the Soviet Union. With the dissolution of the USSR, it has strived to balance between the US and China.
 
During the past forty years, India has had disagreements with both the US and with China. With the US, these disagreements have centered on Pakistan, on nuclear weapons development, on terrorism, and on global warming. With China the disagreements have focused on   Pakistan, on ongoing disputes over their mutual border, on trade, and on concerns with China’s developing influence in Nepal, Maldives, and Sri  Lanka, traditional  areas of Indian influence.
 
Since 1991, India has also cooperated with both the US and China. But India remains quite sensitive to its ability to be balanced and non-aligned. With today’s rising China and uncertainty about the US commitment to internationalism, how should India act?
 
With China now exhibiting more competition with India, it needs to find a path forward that preserves India’s independence and sovereignty while protecting its interests in the Indo Pacific. Our speaker will talk about the challenges and opportunities for India as it assumes its role as a leader in this area - as relations improve with the United States, and tensions mount with China, how will India forge a path ahead for itself in a fast-changing world?
 
Dhruva Jaishankar is a Fellow - Foreign Policy at Brookings India, and at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  Mr. Jaishankar manages Brookings India’s activities related to international affairs and security. He was a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC from 2012- 2016, where he managed the India Trilateral Forum. Prior to that he was program officer for Asia for the Marshall Fund. Mr. Jaishankar is a regular contributor to the Indian media and has written for The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Atlantic.
 
Mr. Jaishankar holds a bachelor’s degree in history and classics from Macalester College and a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University.
 
6:00 Cocktails 6:45 Dinner
7:45 Address and Discussion
 

Meal A: Blackened Catfish
Meal B: Chicken Coq au Vin
Meal C: Roasted Cauliflower 'Steak'