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India: 2020

Advisory council members

  • Dr. Ashton Carter, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Swadesh Chatterjee, Padma Bhushan recipient; Member, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians
  • Vishakha Desai, President Emeritus, Asia Society; Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Professor, Columbia University
  • Shekar Narasimhan, Commissioner, White House Initiative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Nancy Powell, Former U.S. Ambassador to India
  • Tim Roemer, Former U.S. Ambassador to India
  • Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University
  • Frank Wisner, Former U.S. Ambassador to India

India: 2020 is an initiative focused on elevating the foreign policy debates in South Asia by looking at the short- and long-term U.S. policy priorities as India has emerged as a major player regionally and globally after three decades of impressive economic growth and military modernization. The program derives its name from a 2006 interview with then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) in which he put forth a “dream that in 2020 the two closest nations in the world will be India and the United States. If that occurs, the world will be a safer place.”

At the Center for American Progress, we believe that dream can and should become a reality. With India: 2020, CAP will anticipate and help shape foreign policy debates on India and the greater South Asia region and analyze the gap that exists between the current realities and hopes for the U.S.-India relationship.

With a keynote by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, CAP announced the launch of India: 2020 and its India: 2020 Advisory Council, which is made up of former senior officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, Indian American business leaders, and South Asia scholars. Secretary Kerry highlighted the need for greater cooperation between the United States and India ahead of the fifth U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in Delhi.

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