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India-United States 2020

October 29, 2010

This report summarizes the conclusions of a study that was initiated earlier this year on the future of India United States relations in the coming decade.

The past decade has often been termed as the best years of India-US relations, denoted by the strategic partnership initiated during the Presidency of George W. Bush. The world's largest democracies have harnesses the synergies inherent in their common belief in pluralistic societies to cement the relationship at an unprecedented pace. The bilateral relationship thus navigated laid the foundation for cooperation over a wide spectrum of areas primarily covering defence, nuclear energy, space and hightechnology trade, and economic cooperation. Both the governments have gone the extra mile to declare their optimism on the future of this relationship, and reiterate that the fundamentals of this partnership remain robust, the various hiccups notwithstanding.

The Strategic Partnership of 2005 laid out a roadmap for the two countries in the areas of economic growth and trade promotion, energy and the environment, democracy and development, non-proliferation and security, and high-technology and Space. An assessment of the past five years would show that different aspects of the Partnership are running at uneven pace. How will the relationship fare in the coming decade is the subject matter of this report.

This subject was studied in six major themes:
1. Security
2. Economic
3. Energy and Climate Change
4. Social and Community Development
5. Diplomacy and Global Cooperation
6. Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

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