India, U.S.: Can They Reinvent Partnership A lecture by Teresita Schaffer
Wells Fargo South Asia Series
In the past 15 years India and the United States have left behind the rather thin relationship they had during the Cold War and started crafting a serious partnership that includes vibrant trade and investment relations and a potentially pathbreaking agreement on civil nuclear cooperation.
Can this promising friendship continue to grow and flourish? Teresita C. Schaffer, Ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992-1995) and Director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will explore that question in her April 15 lecture at The Houston Club, part of the Wells Fargo Speaker Series on South Asia presented by Asia Society Texas Center.
Schaffer's books include last year's India and the United States in the 21st Century: Reinventing Partnership, which Edward Luce in the Financial Times praised as a "detailed and concise anatomy of the growing ties between the world's largest and wealthiest democracies," adding that Schaffer is "a doyenne of Washington's still surprisingly small coterie of India watchers."
Before moving to CSIS Schaffer had a 30-year career as a diplomat, specializing in international economics and South Asia, on which she was one of the State Department's principal experts. From 1989 to 1992 she served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, then the senior South Asia position in the State Department. She served as ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992-1995.
She speaks French, Swedish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Hindi, and Urdu, and is currently writing a book on Pakistani negotiating styles.