TITLE: India and the United States: Reinventing Partnership
SPEAKER: Teresita Schaffer
EVENT DATE: 2008/11/13
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes
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The relationship between the United States and India and its likely evolution in the next decade is the topic of a lecture at the Library of Congress by Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, holder of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center.
Schaffer presents "India and the United States: Reinventing Partnership." Schaffer discusses whether the relationship between the United States and India is a "natural alliance" or a marriage of convenience. She examined whether these two giant democracies can adapt an international partnership to fit their interests, ideals and different foreign policy styles.
Speaker Biography: Since 1998, following a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Teresita Schaffer has been director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has devoted most of her career to issues concerning international economics and South Asia. From 1989 to 1992, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, the senior South Asia position in the department at that time; from 1992 to 1995, she was the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka; and from 1995 to 1997, she served as director of the Foreign Service Institute. Her earlier posts included Tel Aviv, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Dhaka, as well as a tour as director of the Office of International Trade in the State Department. She spent a year as a consultant on business issues relating to South Asia, after retiring from the Foreign Service. Her many publications include: "Kashmir: The Economics of Peace Building" (2005); "Pakistan's Future and U.S. Policy Options" (2004); "Kashmir: Fifty Years of Running in Place" in the book "Grasping the Nettle" (2005); "Rising India and U.S. Policy Options in Asia" (2002); and reports on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.