Despite India's impressive economic growth in the last decades, Asia's second rising giant has slowed down noticeably in recent years. In international politics it still lags behind China and is primarily seen as a rising power. Yet in 2014 a dynamic, forceful politician, Narendra Modi, captured India's imagination with an election campaign focused on growth and development, winning election as prime minister in a landslide.
What does this mean for India? Is Modi a transformative prime minister, or merely a canny politician with fine oratorical skills? How has he changed India's relations with the United States, or with China, or with Southeast Asia? Two prominent scholars of India, Tanvi Madan of the Brookings Institution and Milan Vaishnav of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will present their views and have a panel discussion. If you're interested in learning more about recent developments in an overlooked but important emerging power, don't miss this enlightening conversation!
Tanvi Madan is a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and director of The India Project. Madan’s work explores Indian foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies. Previously she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a dissertation entitled "With an Eye to the East: The China Factor and the U.S.-India Relationship, 1949-1979." She has also previously been a research analyst at the Brookings Institution. In addition to a Ph.D. from UT-Austin, Madan has an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India. She has authored publications on India's foreign policy, as well as its energy security policies.
Milan Vaishnav is an associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior. He is the author of a forthcoming book on crime, corruption, and democracy in India and co-editor of the book Short of the Goal: U.S. Policy and Poorly Performing States (Center for Global Development, 2006). His work has also been published in scholarly journals such as India Review, India Policy Forum, and Latin American Research Review. He is a regular contributor to several Indian publications. Previously, he worked at the Center for Global Development, where he served as a postdoctoral research fellow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has taught at Columbia, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
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