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India’s Election Results: Impacts on the Economy and Economic Relations with Washington

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expanded its mandate with a landslide victory. What do these results mean for India’s economy? Rising unemployment and economic reforms pose significant challenges, but trade is also a key flashpoint – especially with Washington. Will the U.S.-India economic relationship expand to match an already fast-growing defense partnership? Or will commercial strains affect this burgeoning strategic relationship? What impact might U.S. trade tensions with China have on its trade relations with India?

Modi’s Victory is a Good Thing for Washington—with Caveats

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in national elections. While many analysts and observers had expected a repeat victory—given the struggles of the Congress Party to cobble together a formidable opposition coalition and given the sheer popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—few had expected the BJP to win by such a large margin. The BJP will now come to power, just as it did after a similar landslide win in 2014, with a large mandate to pursue a number of key objectives.

Values and U.S. Policy Toward the Indo-Pacific

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sought to address the role that values and norms should play in its foreign policy generally, and in the U.S. strategy toward the Indo-Pacific specifically. This is a reflection of a long-standing debate in American foreign policy, going back to the founding of the nation itself, but the arguments made by top U.S. officials are worth considering.

The 2019 India-Pakistan Crisis

In February of 2019, India and Pakistan had their most serious confrontation in nearly twenty years.  Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman provided historical context and analysis in the days surrounding the crisis.

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India-Pakistan and the Threat of War (Wilson Center NOW):

India-Pakistan and the Threat of War

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the latest in recent tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. Michael Kugelman provides analysis on how the most serious crisis in nearly twenty years has grown increasingly dangerous between neighboring rivals that are both nuclear states.

 

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