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INDO- US International Conference Held At GOA, India in November : A report

Although, Indo-US relations are at the pleasure of global strategic partnership i.e. convergence at bilateral, regional and global issues but to an extent seems to be rooted in alliance based on asymmetric expectations and mutual respect mismatch.Indo-US bilateral cooperation is now broad-based and multi-sectoral and covers trade and investment, defense and security, counter terrorism, education, science and technology, cyber security, high-technology, civil nuclear energy, space technology and applications, clean energy, environment, agriculture and health. People to people interaction provide further vitality and strength to bilateral relationship. India is currently the 11th largest goods trading partner with $63.7 billion in total (two ways) goods trade during 2013. India exported goods worth $41.8 billion and imported $21.9 billion with India favorable BOP of $20.0 billion. While India has reduced her trade dependency with the US following economic meltdown, India’s Look East Policy and increasing trade and investment orientation in ASEAN and regional structures are also part of Washington’s larger strategic regional models. The 3.1 million strong Indian-American communities constituting about 1% of the US population are some of the most wealthy, influential and famous in the wide ranging areas of American life. Additionally, Indian students constitute over 9% of American international students and are a major revenue source for majority of American Universities. Washington not only recognizes the growing relevance of Indians in American life, but Barack Obama administration going a step further, substantially incorporated Indian Americans to his administration. There is hardly any major wing of the US government today ranging from his own White House to departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Judiciary and Commerce that some of the key positions are not being held by an Indian-American. Stronger Indo-US relations are in bilateral interest. India needs an America strong enough to protect its own multiple global and regional interests. Washington on the other hand playing the monopoly super power continues its role as chief defender of the global commons- a scenario and prospect covering convergence and divergence at the same time. In keeping with the complexity Indo-US relations and emerging trends, the three day conference Changing Contours of Indo-US Relations: Perceptions, Continuity and Change provided a platform for academics, scholars, researchers, science and technology experts, linguists, business leaders, policy planners and strategic thinkers, diplomats and practitioners from all streams and dealing with Indo-US relations to deliberate on the subject towards a better understanding and policy guidance.  Parallel sessions covering a range of areas of contemporary interest where deliberated upon during the span of the conference. Apart from that an Photo Exhibition by Dr MasumMomaya, Museum Curator, Smithsonian institution, Washington DC, USA was also held displaying that different aspect and struggles of Indian Diaspora in USA. The overall Conference was very educative and informative.

Few pictures from the Photo Exhibition

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Report Team IDC