For an Indo-American century
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A common stake in a liberal international order calls for Indo-American cooperation to defend it together. Washington and New Delhi should develop plans to protect universal access to the global commons that underpins their prosperity. With other friendly powers, they could jointly undertake to provide global public goods in an era when internet freedom, maritime security, and an open international economy are increasingly contested.
By removing barriers to hi-tech trade, experts and businessmen from their knowledge economies could collaborate on energy technologies to boost growth and climate solutions, next-generation information technology, productivity-enhancing R&D, and missile defence. The world's largest and soon-to-be third-largest economies could liberalise bilateral trade and investment, as India is doing with Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. America and India could caucus in the G20, the East Asia Summit, and the UN Security Council — where an active U.S. campaign for India's permanent membership is overdue.
India is encircled by weak states that export terrorism and insecurity, constraining its geopolitical rise and the broader benefits that would accrue from it. Beyond closer cooperation on counterterrorism, Washington and New Delhi should launch a bold new initiative to promote good governance as a source of security and prosperity in India's wider neighbourhood. Differences over Burma and Iran should not obscure the record of Indo-American collaboration to strengthen political institutions in Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, and cooperation in forums like the UN Democracy Fund. But officials in both countries remain unduly cautious about "values-based" partnership.
In fact, it is a strategic imperative: just as China used its economic magnetism to stabilise and enrich its neighborhood as a platform for global influence, so must India leverage its comparative advantage to help build a regional infrastructure of democracy and prosperity that frees it to act on the global stage. America can help.
President Obama has pursued an agenda of domestic transformation in the United States as explosive economic growth is transforming India. It is time the leaders of both countries consolidated an equally transformative partnership in world affairs. Forget the Chinese century; an Indo-American century awaits.
The writer is Senior Fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the U S, Washington DC
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