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On May 26. 2014, Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister of India. He successfully campaigned to reduce corruption and reinvigorate India’s slumping economy. His supporters have high expectations for him to fulfill these promises. U.S. investors expect to do more business in India because Modi plans to encourage private sector growth. U.S. officials hope that with less corruption and a resurgent economy, India can drive global economic growth and encourage other Asian countries to embrace democracy.
Since U.S. and Indian interests are mostly in alignment, a stronger India may stem China’s growing influence in the region. However, as the U.S. encourages India’s growth, some worry that India’s new found confidence might stoke tensions with Pakistan, India’s longstanding rival neighbor.
Join us as we discuss how India's new prime minister will affect international relations. References are below.
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Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.
The Modi Wave: India's Election and American Interests (http://shadow.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/05/18/the_modi_wave_indias_election_and_american_interests?wp_login_redirect=0)
After the Election: Opportunity for Revitalizing U.S.–India Relations (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/06/after-the-election-opportunity-for-revitalizing-usindia-relations)
A Flying Start: Forming His New Government, Narendra Modi Appears to be in a Hurry (http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21603066-forming-his-new-government-narendra-modi-appears-be-hurry-flying-start)