The uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration has created a space for India to take more of a lead in the region.
While several strategic factors and past investments will sustain the U.S.-India relationship in the short-term, the current path points in the direction of a plateau.
Despite the current uncertainty surrounding bilateral ties, India ought to approach the United States with confidence, assured that the evolving competition in Asia makes a strong partnership between Washington and New Delhi destined for success.
When Trump and Modi meet for the first time, they will likely focus on defense deals. They may also discuss areas of mutual interest, including trade, investment, and counterterrorism.
A personal rapport between U.S. President Donal Trump and Prime Minister Modi could be a key factor in defining the security cooperation between the two countries.
The upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump offers a chance for Modi to clearly articulate India’s interests, and perhaps help Trump think of India as an opportunity.
The traditional props that have framed India-U.S. relationship over the last two decades—including those on shared democratic values and a common interest in Asian balance of power—can no longer provide an effective guidance to the Trump era.
If New Delhi wants to secure India’s interests in the turbulent Trump era, it must necessarily overcome the internal inertia against transactional diplomacy.
As Russia moves closer to China and the United States faces an unpredictable administration, European alliances are becoming valuable and inviting for India.
To sustain India's rise, Delhi must advance its economic policies, engage in defense sector reform, and construct strategic partnerships to navigate the power shifts among America, China, and Russia