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U.S.-India Ties After President Trump’s Visit

March 4, 2020

Episode Notes:

On Feb. 24-25, President Donald Trump visited India. He is the fourth consecutive American president to do so, and followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States last year. The bilateral relationship — anchored by concerns about Chinese assertiveness in Asia — has improved steadily since the end of the Cold War, but has become more contentious in the last year. Modi has advanced a Hindu nationalist agenda since his reelection in 2019, including controversial moves in Kashmir and new citizenship laws that discriminate against Muslims, diquieting some Americans, including members of Congress. The end of the president’s visit was overshadowed by Hindu-Muslim violence and rioting triggered by anti-government protests in New Delhi that left dozens killed.

Christopher Clary — assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York, nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center, and former country director for South Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense (2006-2009) — joins the Warcast to discuss U.S.-India ties after Trump’s visit.

[ 01:23 ] U.S.-India relationship after Trump visit

[ 05:17 ] Mistakes made in Delhi and Washington, D.C.

[ 07:48 ] Aspects of the relationship that need to be managed and which can be improved

[ 10:20 ] What observers should look for in this relationship going forward

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