Aspen Institute India

In collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Aspen Institute launched its newest international partner with the opening of Aspen Institute India in New Delhi on February 3, 2004.

The new organization will be an international non-profit organization dedicated to in-depth discussion of global issues, development of leadership based on values, and a high-level exchange of opinions and information. The mission of this new concern will be to internationalize Indias business, political, and cultural leadership and become the premiere Indian forum for convening and developing leaders.

Tarun Das, director general of the Confederation of Indian Industry, a trustee of the Aspen Institute and a longtime proponent of the establishment of an Aspen Institute India, co-signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Isaacson. Several members of the Institute's Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), meeting in Delhi at the time, attended. The delegation, visiting India as part of ASG's US-India Dialogue program, included prominent US foreign policy experts Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Samuel R. Berger and Strobe Talbott.

"Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and non-ideological setting," said Isaacson. He added: "It is exactly this setting that would promote deeper Indo-US relations, through the Institute." Isaacson discussed the value of civil dialogue and compromise based on principles before an audience of eminent industrialists, journalists and members of the Indian Parliament.

For more information, contact:
Aspen Institute India
23, Institutional Area
Lodi Road
New Delhi 110 003
India
http://www.aspenindia.org/