US Presidential Election – the Final Countdown

Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF
As the race to the White House enters its final day, attention gets re-focused on polls that have tightened and predict a very close race. An ABC/ Washington Post poll on November 1 gave Trump a 1% lead over Clinton and an 8-point lead over her on th

India and the United States - Recent Development

Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF
As the Obama administration enters its last months in office, it is normal that it would want to assess the state of relations between the United States and India. Both countries have invested a lot in revitalizing this partnership and the US would n

Modi-Obama Meet in Paris: Taking stock of India-US Relations

Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama met in Paris on the sidelines of the crucial climate change conference, it was their sixth bilateral meeting in a little over one year, a very impressive tally by any reckoning. On Clima

US-Vietnam Relations Entering a New Phase

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
The year 2015 is expected to be a turning point in the evolving strategic and economic relationship between the United States and Vietnam. While assertive behaviour of China in South China Sea can said to be one of the motivations behind US and Vietn

The Obama Visit: An Assessment

Amb Prabhat P Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
The hype over the nuclear deal has obscured the main achievement of the Obama visit: this is in the Joint Strategic Vision Statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, to give the full name of the separate document issued by the two leader

India-US Civil Nuclear Deal: A Dependence Entrapment?

Sarosh Bana
India needs to proceed with utmost caution on its civil nuclear deal with the United States. The pathbreaking agreement, dramatically ‘operationalised’ in a 25 January meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi by U.S. Presiden

Obama’s Republic Day Visit: Transforming Stagnating India-US Ties into a Vibrant Relationship

Amb Satish Chandra, Dean, Centre for National Security and Strategic Studies, VIF
Obama's India visit was an unqualified success. It marks an important step in transforming the long stagnating India-US ties into a vibrant, multi dimensional and mutually supportive relationship. Full credit for this must go the Modi governm

Pakistan Loses Its Centrality in India-US Tango

Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, VIF
Apart from all the other seminal outcomes of the visit of the US President Barack Obama to New Delhi, the complete absence of any reference to Pakistan is quite remarkable. Although Pakistan was never really mentioned by name in any of the previous d

Indo-US Relations: The Way Forward

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
India’s relations with the US in the last decade have undergone a transformation. Ever since our independence, our relationship with the US has been marked by suspicion, lack of empathy and differences in world view. In recent years, many in India

Indo-US Relations: The Obama Visit

Amb Prabhat P Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
The upcoming visit of President Obama as Guest of Honour for Republic Day 2015 is an occasion for stock-taking, and for laying the foundation for a more stable and productive relationship. This will be the first time that a US President will be visit