In the lead up to President Obama's historic second visit to India, Network 18 in association with The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) organized 'The India-US Dialogues' to explore the past, present and future of Indo-US relationship. The conclave was attended by the top policymakers from both India and America, who discussed shared challenges and common goals in an effort to chart a blueprint for an ambitious & constructive India – U.S. strategic partnership.
The day one of this conclave was a curtain raiser on the 24th of January that touched upon the key areas that are shaping the relationship between the two countries. This was followed up by detailed panel discussions on the 25th of January, where some of the most respected names in their areas of expertise put forth their views on four significant topics - trade and investment, Regional Security Challenges, Energy Security and Sustainable Development, & Defence and Technology Cooperation, providing the audience with informed, in‐depth analysis of what President Obama's visit means for the potential of our bilateral ties, and at the same time ideating on out‐of‐the‐box solutions for the two governments.
As the panelists spoke on widespread issues like IPR, visas, ease of business, contentious issues of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations and Climate Change, the general consensus was that the new government in India, led by Prime Minister Modi is taking the relations between the two countries to greater heights.