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Embassy of India Hosts Friends of the School of International Service

Dean James Goldgeier speaks during the program as the Embassy of India's Deputy Chief of Mission Arun Singh looks on.

Dean James Goldgeier speaks during the program as the Embassy of India's Deputy Chief of Mission Arun Singh looks on.

The future of the world's largest democracy and its relationship with the United States were debated during a discussion and dinner at the Embassy of India on Feb. 20. The event featured SIS Dean James Goldgeier, AU Board of Trustees Chair Jeffrey Sine and the Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Arun Singh, a former ambassador of India to Israel.

The trio debated India's future growth, willingness to open its markets to greater foreign direct investment and the future of India's higher education system. In addition, Goldgeier addressed the Obama administration's foreign policy plans during its second term, including the administration's interests in reducing nuclear arsenals around the world.

The program also featured two current students of the School of International Service, Noah Kowalski, SIS/MA '13, and Priyanka Srinivasa, SIS/BA '14, who discussed how their studies of India and South Asia have contributed to their current work and future career planning.

The impetus for the Indian embassy discussion as well as an increase in South Asian studies and programming at the SIS comes from Scholar-in-Residence Maina Chawla Singh, who has organized campus events at American and Georgetown Universities on contemporary India, Indian diaspora communities, Indian Jews and India-Israel Relations in recent years. Singh has lectured widely at international institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Indiana, Brandeis and at the Library of Congress.

Other university officials in attendance included AU President Neil Kerwin, Provost Scott Bass, and deans of the Kogod School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences Michael Ginzberg and Peter Starr, respectively, as well as members of the AU Board of Trustees and SIS Dean's Council.