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“A Twenty-First Century Partnership”

Alyssa Ayres
This paper was originally drafted for the January 2010 session of the Aspen Strategy Group’s US-India Strategic Dialogue. Please click on the link at the bottom to access the full article.

Finding a new Equilibrium

Twenty years ago I landed in Delhi for the first time, a young college student on a semester abroad.  India was a different place, far away, and we Americans knew little about it.  Back then you’d see khadi-clad Western tourists ambling around CP, Doordarshan was the only channel around (although Prannoy Roy offered a half-hour hint of the future with The World This Week), and talking with parents back home meant booking a trunk call and then waiting around for hours, or trudging to the PCO/STD/ISD booth.  Cows grazed on piles of trash in concrete bins outside our youth hostel (the Vishwa Yuvak Kendra) in the heart of the Diplomatic Enclave.  Today, the tourists in handspun have been replaced by bankers in Brioni; Prannoy Roy now runs a media empire and cuts deals with NBC/Universal and Time Warner; everyone has a mobile phone and the rates are the world’s lowest, shrinking the globe and pulling family instantly close; and there are a lot fewer cows, not to mention no more trash piles, outside the youth hostel, which now also houses India’s preeminent software industry association, NASSCOM.  These bookends of memory show how dramatic a transformation has taken place, and how much more deeply our countries are now intertwined. (more…)

“We Need India’s Help In Afghanistan”

(op-ed with Marshall M. Bouton),  November 24, 2009. (more…)

Power Realignments in Asia: China, India, and the United States

book-power-flatCo-edited with C. Raja Mohan
Sage Publications, 2009

Hardback (ISBN-13: 9788178299488 )

China’s emergence as a great power is transforming the world, affecting its security, economy and physical environment. Power Realignments in Asia: China, India and the United States explores the impact of China’s rise on relations among China, India and the United States. (more…)

Delivering on the Promise: Advancing U.S. Relations with India

A report of the Asia Society Task Force on US Policy toward India

book-delivering-flatFrank G. Wisner and Charles R. Kaye, co-chairs
Alyssa Ayres, director

A new Asia Society task force outlines a bold new strategy for the incoming US administration to pursue deeper collaboration with India on global challenges ranging from security and economic growth to climate change, education, agricultural needs, and HIV/AIDS. (more…)

“Passage From Indiana”

(op-ed, with Thomas F. McLarty), June 1, 2009 (more…)

“The US-India Moment”

(op-ed), Wall Street Journal Asia. May 22, 2009. Reprinted in Mint (India), May 25, 2009. (more…)

“The Key to Stability in South Asia”

(op-ed with Frank G. Wisner, Charles R. Kaye, and Vishakha N. Desai), Project Syndicate. February 2009. Translated into six languages and published globally. (more…)

“Language, the Nation, and Symbolic Capital: The Case of Punjab”

Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 67, No. 3 (August 2008): 917–946. (more…)

“Is India Emerging as France of Asia?”

YaleGlobal. November 21, 2006. Reprinted in Outlook India, Korea Herald, South China Morning Post, Jakarta Post, Straits Times. (more…)