President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India propelled U.S.-India relations to a new level of strategic convergence that promises a positive impact on global peace, democracy, and economic prosperity. Reciprocating Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier visit to Washington, the two leaders inaugurated a deep agenda of bilateral cooperation resulting in no fewer than 30 dialogues, declarations, and agreements.

In his first visit to Washington since becoming U.S. ambassador to India, Richard Verma discussed how the bilateral strategic partnership has moved into a new “strategic plus” phase, as well as what must be done to sustain the momentum that is transforming and deepening the two countries’ ties. Carnegie President William J. Burns introduced Ambassador Verma, and Ashley J. Tellis moderated.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is grateful for the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in making this event possible.

Richard Verma

Ambassador Richard Verma is U.S. ambassador to India. He formerly served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs.  From 2009 to 2011, Verma was a principal advisor to then secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

William J. Burns

William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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.