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India and the WikiLeaks Dispatches

India and the WikiLeaks Dispatches

The WikiLeaks cables so far contain no bomb-shell revelations but are valuable in providing greater texture to Washington’s policy in South Asia and in illuminating the unsolvable conundrums that bear on U.S. and Indian relations with Pakistan.

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Some Good News about Public Governance

Some Good News about Public Governance

Amid a spate of corruption scandals in India, glimmers of political change may have shone forth last week from what until a few years ago was the most unlikeliest of places.

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Economic Promise and Peril

Economic Promise and Peril

The past few days have brought mixed news regarding India’s economic future.

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India Shining Once More

India Shining Once More

India’s reputation has quickly rebounded from the Commonwealth Games fiasco.

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The Diwali Summit

The Diwali Summit

President Obama’s state visit to India succeeded in closing the sentiment-substance gap that had come to define bilateral affairs during his administration. But as the trip’s warm afterglow begins to fade in the months ahead, Americans are bound to question whether India is living up to its side of the grand bargain that first George W. Bush and now Mr. Obama have laid out.

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India and the U.S. Elections

India and the U.S. Elections

Yesterday’s results in the U.S. midterm elections have several implications relevant to India and bilateral relations.

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Ideas for Obama

Ideas for Obama

As President Obama prepares to go to India for a three-day state visit, U.S. policy pundits are busy proffering ideas for the bilateral agenda.

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The Great Middle Class Hope

The Great Middle Class Hope

Skepticism is in order whenever casual estimates about the scope and impact of the middle class are thrown about. The transition from aam aadmi to bourgeoisie is certainly underway in India, though its exact contours, particularly in the political arena, remain debatable and subject to continual examination.

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The Crucible of Afghanistan

The Crucible of Afghanistan

Regardless of the immediate outcome of December’s review process, governments in South Asia are behaving as if a visibly reduced U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in the coming year is a foregone conclusion. This perception, which will only be reinforced if the Democratic Party suffers major setbacks next month, will color not only how New Delhi approaches Mr. Obama’s state visit but how it weighs the prospects for U.S.-India relations.

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Bounding Tiger

Bounding Tiger

Two new reports – by Morgan Stanley and the Asian Development Bank – offer optimistic, albeit caveat-filled, appraisals of India’s long-term economic outlook. But whether the country can fulfill its potential is still an open question.

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Outsourcing Redux

Outsourcing Redux

Two events last week exemplify the growing U.S. populist backlash against India’s economic rise.

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A Harsh Spotlight on Education

A Harsh Spotlight on Education

Contrary frequent assertions that the development of physical infrastructure is the key to ensuring India’s future, two important speeches last week underscore how the country’s destiny actually lies in the aggressive nurturing of its human capital potential.

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The World’s Youngest Poor Country

India desperately needs to enact momentous labor and educational reforms in order to capitalize on its demographic dividend and secure its economic future. Whether the country’s political class can muster the requisite will to do so, however, is a perilously open question.

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A New Outlook in Washington

A New Outlook in Washington

An important conceptual shift has occurred over the past few months in U.S. policy vis-à-vis New Delhi, heralded in two recent addresses by senior Obama administration officials.

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James Jones Comes A-Calling But Storm Clouds Gather

James Jones Comes A-Calling But Storm Clouds Gather

Last week’s visit to New Delhi by the U.S. national security advisor offered a preview of some of the deliverables that will come out of President’s Obama upcoming visit but also illuminated areas of discord that could forcefully intrude upon the proceedings.

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About the Author

David J. Karl
David J. Karl

David J. Karl is president of the Asia Strategy Initiative, an analysis and advisory firm that has a particular focus on South Asia. He serves on the board of counselors of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and previously on the Executive Committee of the Southern California chapter of TiE (formerly The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.

David previously served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy, in charge of the Council’s think tank focused on foreign policy issues of special resonance to the U.S West Coast, and was project director of the Bi-national Task Force on Enhancing India-U.S. Cooperation in the Global Innovation Economy that was jointly organized by the Pacific Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers & Industry. He received his doctorate in international relations at the University of Southern California, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan strategic rivalry, and took his masters degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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