Pravin Krishna of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University opened the discussion with a brief, impactful overview of India’s trade policy. C. Fred Bergsten, elaborating upon the findings of a new Peterson Institute report, underlined the urgency for India to participate in external trade agreements to improve its trade competitiveness and create jobs for a burgeoning labor force. Carnegie’s Ashley Tellis presented a strategic rationale for greater bilateral trade, arguing for the reconciliation of U.S. economic policy in India with its strategic policy in Asia. Edward Luce of the Financial Times moderated.

Edward Luce

Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. Ed has worked for the Financial Times since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011.

C. Fred Bergsten

C. Fred Bergsten is a senior fellow and the director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He was the founding director from 1981 to 2012.

Pravin Krishna

Pravin Krishna is the Chung Ju Yung distinguished professor of international economics and business at Johns Hopkins University, where he is jointly appointed in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC and the Department of Economics in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) in Baltimore.

Ashley J. Tellis

Ashley J. Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.