EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM:
2006: Abstract: Andersen
Dr. Walter Andersen
Director of the South Asia Studies Program; Professorial
Johns Hopkins University
Topic: India and the
United Stated: A New Strategic Relationship.
The lecture of Dr. Walter Andersen, Associate Director of
South Asia Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS) was by all accounts one of the
most informative and timely ELF function of the year. The
recently retired chief of the U.S., Department of South Asia
Division in the Office of Analysis offered a comprehensive
analysis on why the end of the Cold War presented the U.S.
and India with new opportunities for close cooperation. Dr.
Andersen pointed out that, from the U.S. perspective, India
is in a position to manage an emerging China in Asia. It can
keep open the Indian Ocean lanes over which pass critical
resources like oil and gas from the Persian Gulf, and assist
in containing international terrorism, a goal that is of
enormous importance to the U.S. The U.S. is providing
sophisticated military items for sale to India, and has
concluded a nuclear deal which has a new security approach
Understandably, the market reform of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh provides important investment markets. The potential
scope of building up infrastructure in India is enormous and
offers investment opportunities to American investors.
Dr. Andersen closed his very well-received lecture by
underlining that a close U.S. cooperation with India would
affect the balance of power in our favor in Asia.