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Despite the well-documented growth in commerce between the United States and India in the past decade, efforts to reach a bilateral trade agreement in the last three years have grown increasingly strained. Longstanding and new disagreements over market access, intellectual property protection, and India’s new data governance frameworks, among other issues, mar attempts to reach even a mini trade deal and highlight the need to find common ground amid an evolving strategic relationship and COVID-19 woes.

How has the US-India trade relationship evolved under the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations? What mechanisms can be implemented to move forward, whether a mini trade deal or FTA negotiations? What challenges still remain?

From fall 2020 to spring 2021 four nonresident senior fellows of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center curated a report discussing Indian and US perspectives and key recommendations to foster successful negotiations, answering the above questions and more. To mark the report launch, please join the South Asia Center on Wednesday, July 7 at 9:00 AM EST / 6:30 PM IST for a conversation on US-India trade and a path forward.


Ambassador Robert Holleyman
Crowell & Moring LLP
President & CEO
Crowing & Moring International LLC

Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Susan Ritchie
Vice President, Trade & Technology Policy
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum

Sahra English
Vice President, Global Public Policy

Moderated by

Mark Linscott
Nonresident senior fellow
Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

Introductory remarks by

Irfan Nooruddin
Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.