Aspen Strategy Group

Joint CII-ASG Press Release

2002 Outreach Meeting: "India - US Strategic Dialogue"
January 14-16
Udaipur, India

Joint Press Release

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), a policy program of the Aspen Institute USA, are inaugurating a new India- US Strategic Dialogue, an unofficial and privately sponsored effort to exchange perspectives and enrich understanding among leaders of the policy communities of both nations. The ASG delegation is chaired by Dr. Joseph Nye, dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a former US assistant secretary of defense. The CII Delegation is chaired by Mr. Naresh Chandra, former Cabinet Secretary of India and former Indian Ambassador to USA. This Dialogue also includes, as Co - Patrons, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former US Secretary of State and Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons. The Inaugural Session of the Dialogue is to be held in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 14 - 16 January 2002.

The India-US Strategic Dialogue brings together a select group of leading Americans and Indians for wide-ranging discussions of the US-India relationship, geopolitics, foreign policy and its domestic context, and the world economy. The creation of such a broad dialogue signals the growing breadth and strength of the transforming relationship between these two great nations.

In addition to Dr. Nye and Dr. Kissinger, the US participants at Udaipur will include Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill; Dr. Philip Zelikow, director of the ASG, professor at the University of Virginia, and a former White House aide; Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and assistant secretary of state; Ms. Judith Bello, a lecturer at Yale and Princeton Universities with experience in trade negotiations and the pharmaceutical industry; Dr. Kurt Campbell, executive vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense; Dr. Ashton Carter, professor at Harvard University and a former assistant secretary of defense; Mr. Thomas Donilon, executive vice president of one of America's largest firms and a former assistant secretary of state; Mr. Robert Einhorn, senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former assistant secretary of state; Mr. Jim Hoagland, columnist for the Washington Post; Mr. Christopher Makins, president of the Atlantic Council of the United States; Ms. Sylvia Mathews, executive vice president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and formerly a top economic and budget official in the Clinton White House; Ms. Judith Miller, senior writer for the New York Times; Mr. Tom O'Gara, international businessman and venture capitalist; Dr. George Perkovich, senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Ms. Joan Rohlfing, a former diplomat now helping to direct the Nuclear Threat Initiative (also known as the Nunn-Turner Initiative) and Mr. Ashley J Tellis, Senior Advisor to US Ambassador to India.

In addition to Mr. Chandra and Mr. Ratan Tata, the Indian participants at Udaipur include Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Chief Editor, The Financial Express; Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, President, CII and Vice Chairman, RPG Enterprises; Mr. Salman Khurshid, Chairman, Policy, Planning and Coordination, AICC; Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and CEO, Infosys Technologies Limited; Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh; Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar, Director, United Service Institution of India; Mr. T. N. Ninan, Editor, Business Standard; Mr. G. Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan; Mr. Jayant Prasad, Joint Secretary (AMS), Ministry of External Affairs; Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Secretary, Economic Affairs Department, All India Congress Committee; Mr. K. Santhanam, Director, IDSA; Mr. N. N. Vohra, Director, India International Centre; Mr. K. S. Bajpai, Former Ambassador of India to USA; Mr. C Raja Mohan, Strategic Affairs Editor, The Hindu; Mr. Tarun Das, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry and Mr. Dilip H M Chenoy, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry.

The two sides seek to develop a long-term relationship that involves regular discussions on a variety of global issues. The schedule of the future meetings and their location will also be discussed at Udaipur.