Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies

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Unlocking the full potential of the U.S.-India relationship.

The CSIS Wadhwani Chair in India-U.S. Policy Studies, established at CSIS in January 2011, aims to unlock the full potential of the U.S.-India relationship for the twenty-first century. The Chair will serve as an independent platform in Washington to assess major policies and strategic issues in the relationship, and initiate and pursue policy changes to strengthen U.S.-India ties. The Chair will place special emphasis on policies to accelerate economic development in India, with a wide-ranging agenda including economics, energy security, climate change, regional security, and India’s role in the world.

The Chair will work closely with a partner chair holder at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi to promote pragmatic policies conducive to India’s economic growth and development, bringing together public- and private-sector representatives in both countries.

The last 10 years has witnessed a remarkable transformation in U.S.-India relations, initiated, supported and advanced by the leadership of both countries, and with strong bipartisan support in the United States. But this progress will not be self-sustaining. There are many opportunities and challenges facing the two countries in the years ahead. It is here that the CSIS Wadhwani Chair will serve as a key player and catalytic agent in assisting the United States and India in securing their bilateral relationship for years to come.

Richard Rossow is a senior fellow and holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS. In this role, he helps frame and shape policies that promote greater business and economic engagement between the two countries. He previously served as director for South Asia at McLarty Associates and head of International Government Affairs at New York Life Insurance Company. Mr. Rossow was also deputy director of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), the world’s leading advocacy group on behalf of strengthening bilateral economic ties. He succeeds Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth, who served as the inaugural Wadhwani Chair at CSIS from 2011 to 2013.

The Chair has been made possible by the generous support of the Wadhwani Foundation, which is founded and led by CSIS trustee and Symphony Technology Group CEO Romesh Wadhwani.

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