The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, in collaboration with the US Embassy in New Delhi, Vivekananda International Foundation, and the Confederation of Indian Industry hosted the "India-US 2015: Partnering for Peace and Prosperity" conference in New Delhi on March 16 and 17. The conference created an opportunity for US and Indian officials and leaders from diverse fields to have candid conversations, take stock of the bilateral relationship, and seek out new ideas for cooperation.

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AGENDA


MONDAY, MARCH 16

Welcome Remarks

Speakers:

  • Gen. Nirmal Chander Vij, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation
  • Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry


Opening Remarks

Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Chairman, Atlantic Council


Special Address

Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary, Government of India


Keynote Address

Dr. Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India


Session One: The Emerging Regional Security Order in Asia and its Impact on India-US Bilateral Relations

Chair: Amb. Lalit Mansingh – Former Foreign Secretary & Ambassador of India to US


Speakers:

  • Amb. Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India
  • Dr. Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate for the South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
  • Mr. Peter Rowe, Fmr. Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

 
Session Two: Security Situation in Afghanistan/Pakistan and its Implications

Chair: Lt. Gen. Ravi Sawhney, Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation


Speakers:

  • Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq & the UN
  • Dr. Peter R Lavoy, Fmr. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs
  • Mr. Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation
  • Ms. Sumona Guha, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State


TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Session Three: Assessing India-US Trade and the Importance of Economics to the Security Relationship
Chair: Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry


Speakers:

  • Mr. Richard M. Rossow, Senior Fellow and Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Mr. Ziad Haider, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State


Session Four: India-US Middle East Strategy


Chair: Amb. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary East, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India


Speakers:

  • Amb. Francis J. Ricciardone, Vice President and Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council
  • Amb. Sanjay Singh, Former Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India


Session Five: Securing Global Commons (Maritime, Cyber, and Space)

Chair: Mr. Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India


Speakers:

  • Mr. Kiran Karnik, Chairman CII National Mission on Digital India & Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband
  • Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command
  • Lt. Gen. Davinder Kumar, Former Signal Officer-in-Chief of the Indian Army and Project Director of Army Strategic Communication Network
  • Dr. Iskander Rehman, Nonresident Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council


Valedictory and Closing Session

  • Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
  • Gen. Nirmal Chander Vij, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation



For more information, contact Bharath Gopalaswamy, Acting Director of the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, by phone: 202-778-4997 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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