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Will U.S.-India Relationship Achieve Special Status?

WHO: American University School of International Service Experts

WHAT: President Obama's Second Trip to India &U.S.-India Relations

WHEN: January 21- ongoing

WHERE:  Via telephone, in-studio or at American UniversityContact: To arrange an interview please contact J. Paul Johnson at 202-885-5943 or via e-mail at

BACKGROUND— President Obama's second trip to India holds a great deal of symbolism for U.S.-India bilateral relations especially after a short period of strained relations. However, the relationship between the two countries holds greater promise than any time in the recent past. India's Prime Minister Modi and President Obama are expected to discuss the civil nuclear sector, climate change, defense and security, and economic ties. American University experts below are available to discuss these topics.

U.S.-India Relations, Security, Regional Implications

Stephen Tankel
, assistant professor School of International Service, recently completed a year as a senior adviser in Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at Department of Defense where he was intimately involved with the recent U.S.-India, Japan trilateral as well as in bilateral discussions with New Delhi regarding defense-related aspects of the upcoming trio. Tankel is available to discuss the goals for the visit and the following areas:

*The status of the U.S.-India relationship, especially since Prime Minister Modi took office;

*The status of the U.S.- India defense relationship, including the new Defense Framework Agreement, which the two countries are expected to announce;and,

*How Pakistan and/or China might react, as well as the implications for U.S. and India relations with each country.

Climate &Environment

Malini Ranganathan
, assistant professor School of International Service, is available to discuss:the politics of India's engagement in the international climate regime, internal progress on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and attention to water security and vulnerability, as well as possible avenues President Obama might explore to secure India's backing in future global climate negotiations.


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