Thomas Friedman and Vikram Singh Mehta
India is the world’s largest democracy and a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies. It is also a dynamic and complex country facing a number of opportunities and challenges that are a matter of great interest across the world. With this in mind, we recently launched Brookings India—a center for public policy research based in New Delhi, which I am honored to serve as its chairman. At our first event in New Delhi, I was grateful to host and engage New York Times op-ed columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman in a wide-ranging conversation on topics such as U.S. domestic and foreign policy, education, democracy in the Middle East and energy and climate change.
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[Kim Jong Un] did not engage diplomatically at all in those first seven years [as the leader of North Korea], probably because he didn’t want to hear the Chinese nagging him about advancing these weapons. And also he wasn’t going to start bargaining or negotiating them away. ... Kim has done a pivot where he’s doing a maximum engagement.