WEBINAR: Trajectory of India-US Relations after the US Elections

Organised by India Writes Network, India and the World magazine & The Global India Insights (TGII), the Webinar entitled, “India-US Relations after the US Elections: New Hopes, New Horizons” will explore the contours of the India-US relations, famously described by President Obama as “the defining partnership of the 21st Century,” under the new US administration which will take charge in January 2021.


Theme: India-US Relations after the US Elections: New Hopes, New Horizons

November 6, 2020, Friday| 7.30 pm-8.45 pm IST (UTC +05:30)/ 9 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. EST

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Amb. Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary, India’s former Ambassador to France and Russia

Ambassador Meera Shankar, India’s Former Ambassador to US & Germany

Mukesh Aghi, President & CEO, U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)

Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director (Asia Programme), The Wilson Center, US

Harinder Sekhon, Strategic Analyst & Author

 Moderator: Manish Chand, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network & India and the World

 Theme: The webinar will see an impassioned discussion on how the next US administration, be it Joe Biden or Donald Trump, will impact India’s core national interests in the economic and strategic arena. In particular, the webinar will explore the following interlinked themes:
  • Trajectory of India-US Partnership in the international arena: How will India and the US cooperate in the UN and multilateral organisations?
  • In what ways the US can assist in India’s post-pandemic economic recovery?
  • Will India move higher in the US’ foreign policy calculus?
  • Economic Partnership: Will the new US administration shed transactional approach in favour of a more flexible one to clinch the long-negotiated trade deal?
  • Will the new dispensation in Washington strengthen its commitment to the Quad and enhancing Indo-Pacific cooperation with India?
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India-US Relations after the US Elections: New Hopes, New Horizons


November 6/Friday| 7.30 pm IST | 9 am EST

Speakers Profiles


Amb. (Retd) Kanwal Sibal is a former foreign secretary of India and well-known commentator on foreign policy issues. Amb. Sibal joined the Indian Foreign Service in July 1966 and served as India’s Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia. In 2017, he was conferred the Padma Shree award by the President of India. While with the Indian Foreign Service, he served in numerous locations, including Dar-es-Salaam, Lisbon, and Kathmandu. Sibal also served as Joint Secretary (Administration/West Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Washington. He is the First Grand Doctor of Philosophy in India. He received the title of Full Professor from the European Academy of Informatization and the World Information Distributed University-WIDU.

Meera Shankar served as India’s Ambassador to the United States of America from 26 April 2009 to 2011. She was India’s second female ambassador to the United States of America, Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit being the first. Shankar, an officer of the 1973 batch, was posted in Washington DC from 1991 to 1995. She succeeded Ambassador Ronen Sen. Meera Shankar studied at St. Mary’s Convent in Nainital and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. Shankar served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office from 1985 to 1991, and in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry from 1991 to 1995. While serving in the Ministry of External Affairs, she headed two important divisions dealing with the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and relations with Nepal and Bhutan. Prior to 2009, she served as India’s Ambassador in Berlin, Germany.


Dr. Mukesh Aghi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). Dr. Aghi has extensive experience working with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where he expanded the business on a global level. Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. As a fluent speaker in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire Magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards over the course of his professional career, including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership Award


Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, is a leading specialist on Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan and their relations with the United States. The editor or co-editor of 11 books, he has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and other publications, covering topics ranging from U.S. policy in Afghanistan to terrorism to water, energy, and food security in the region.


Dr. Harinder Sekhon is Strategic Analyst specialising in India-US relations. was a Consultant (June 2019 – July 2020) at the Vivekananda International Foundation. She was also Senior Fellow at the VIF from October 2014 – June 2019. She has over three decades of research, writing and teaching experience on various aspects of Indo-US relations, US policy and strategy in Asia and regional security challenges in South and East Asia. She has authored three books, including Five Decades of Indo-US Relations: Strategic and Intellectual India and the United States: Breakthroughs, Prospects and Challenges Ahead.


Manish Chand is Founder-CEO of India Writes Network, an emerging think tank and media-publishing platform focused on international affairs, and TGII Media Private Limited. He is Editor-in-Chief, “India and World,” a magazine-journal focused on international affairs. An alumnus of the prestigious St Stephen’s College, he heads The Global Insights India (TGII), the research consultancy-cum-think tank set up by India Writes Network.  A well-known foreign affairs analyst who has been widely quoted and interviewed by media outfits, he has authored and edited many books including “Journeys Across Continents: A New India on the Global Stage,” the first-of-its-kind book that maps Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s journeys to various foreign countries. He has worked closely with India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on a host of publications, research reports and public diplomacy projects. A widely-travelled journalist, he has accompanied India’s Prime Minister Foreign Minister and Vice-President to over 60 foreign countries on bilateral visits.





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