South Asia

13 Items

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

What Trump Got Right About Foreign Policy

| Aug. 28, 2017

"One overlooked feature in this ongoing tragedy is that Trump isn't wrong about everything. Some of his critics won't admit it, but several of the themes he sounded during the 2016 campaign — such as the need to rebuild America's deteriorating infrastructure — were correct (if far from original), and some of his foreign-policy instincts were sound even if his command of details was not. A minimally competent president could have made substantial progress on most if not all of these fronts, thereby leaving the country better off and enhancing his prospects for a second term."

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure

| Jan. 18, 2017

"As I argued several years ago, the days when the United States could create security and maintain order in nearly every part of the world are behind it, and U.S. leaders must do a better job of deciding which places matter most and which can be left to run themselves. To a large extent, Obama never made that choice."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

AP

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Our next president must maintain America’s strong partnership with India

| June 3, 2016

In this June 3 Washington Post op Ed, Professor Burns details the dramatic rise of India as a strategic partner of the United States. During the last two decades, Washington and Delhi have transformed a once deeply suspicious and often contentious relationship into one with expanding ties in counter terrorism, homeland security, science and technology, defense, clean energy and other areas. Burns stresses that our next president should continue this bipartisan push to make India one of our most important friends in an increasingly fragile Asian security environment.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The rally is meant to kickstart his Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the upcoming Delhi polls, expected to be held in February.

AP

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

A US-India comeback?

| January 15, 2015

When President Obama visits New Delhi on January 26 as the Chief Guest for India's Republic Day, he has a real opportunity to revive a moribund U.S.-India relationship. This is the central point of Professor Burns' January 15 op-ed piece. His host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wants to convince Obama and the American business community to accelerate investments in the Indian economy to restore high growth rates--his top priority. The two leaders agree India and the U.S. should strengthen their work on counter terrorism and homeland security, on cyber and on an already close security relationship. Washington and Delhi need to work through disagreements on climate change, global trade and Putin's invasion of Crimea. Still, there is a big upside for the U.S. in deepening our partnership with India--a major priority of President Obama as it was for Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before him.

teaser image

News

US has a closer relationship with India than with Pakistan: Nicholas Burns

| January 12, 2015

New Delhi: HKS professor and former US undersecretary of state for political affairs Nicholas Burns is well-known in India as the diplomat who led the negotiations on the US-India civil nuclear deal that transformed bilateral ties. In New Delhi last week for a Track-Two non-official dialogue, Burns said he hoped that the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would clearly articulate what his vision for a strong India-US strategic partnership would be. Burns also said he hoped the Modi government will revive the India-US nuclear deal as part of its economic agenda.

Health workers wearing Ebola protective gear remove the body of a man that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, at a USAID, American aid Ebola treatment center at Tubmanburg on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

AP

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The peacemakers of 2014

| December 23, 2014

In an otherwise annus horribilis in foreign policy, who were the brave men and women working tirelessly for peace in 2014? Professor Burns asked his Harvard Kennedy School students and his three daughters for their suggestions.

Here are their and his choices: Pope Francis; two 17-year olds--Malala Yousafzai and Hong Kong Protest leader Joshua Wong; AIDS advocate Joep Lange; the Ebola doctors/nurses; international relief organizations providing food/shelter to the 11 million Syrian homeless, the millions of non-violent protesters against racial discrimination; Shimon Peres and, yes, Barack Obama and John Kerry. And, above all, the victims of ISIS, including James Foley, Stephen Sotloff, Peter Kassig, Alan Henning and David Haines.

Professor Burns finishes this op-ed wishing us all peace on earth in 2015.

United States President Barack Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The two leaders met to discuss the U.S.-India strategic partnership and mutual interest issues.

Alex Wong/Pool via CNP

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Where does the US stand with India?

| October 24, 2014

Professor Burns argues that the new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, must define in more concrete terms his country's future economic, political and security relationships with the U.S. Burns believes U.S.-Indian ties are critical for our future. The Obama Administration has been clear what it hopes to achieve. We need such clarity from Modi.

Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India crowd the streets outside Madison Square Garden after Modi gave a speech there during a reception by the Indian community in honor of his visit to the United States, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in New York.

AP

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

A second chance with India

| September 29, 2014

In this piece, Professor Burns presents one simple idea--President Obama has a second chance with Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to the White House this week to get India right--to make it a priority in the Asia Pivot strategy and for the future. There is a clear Washington consensus among Republicans and Democrats that India will be one of our most important 21st century global partners.

On the other hand, Obama has every reason to push Modi to adopt more responsible Indian policies on global trade, climate change, Russia and Iran.

Analysis & Opinions - Financial Times

Three critical tests for NATO leaders in Wales

| August 31, 2014

This week's NATO Summit meeting in Wales will be among the most consequential in the Alliance's 65-year history. President Obama and Europe's leaders will contend with three major challenges.

First, they should agree on stronger sanctions against Russia following the move of Russian troops across the border into Ukraine during the last week. They should also agree to provide military equipment to the embattled Ukrainian government so that it can defend its country. Second, the European allies should agree to help the U.S. contain ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And, third, NATO should reconsider its decision to remove all combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. That will give the Taliban an open road to destabilize the new Afghan government.

These crises pose major challenges to this generation of NATO leaders. NATO will need strong American leadership, in particular, if it is to succeed in maintaining its status as the world's most powerful and effective alliance.