En route to the United Nations annual meeting, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will stop in Washington. His brief visit comes at a turning point in India-U.S. relations. Washington has revived its strategic tie to Pakistan, the United States has taken a new interest in Afghanistan and South Asia, and such vexing issues as Kashmir continue to plague India-Pakistan relations and complicate American ties with each. This press briefing will cover these and related issues, including the slow growth of U.S.-Indian economic ties, once expected to be the “ballast” of a new relationship.
After the briefing, Brookings scholar Dr. Stephen P. Cohen’s new book, India: Emerging Power, will be released. This represents the first major publication of the India/South Asia project at Brookings. The book offers an assessment strengths and weaknesses of India, a nuclear-armed country with the second largest population in the world that has confounded observers by maintaining a democratic system for over 50 years against the greatest odds. India: Emerging Power serves as a timely introduction for American policymakers looking to develop a new relationship with a country rising to the ranks of the great powers.