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September 27, 2017
India Took Responsible Role in Respecting Boundaries Richard Verma

India has taken a very responsible role in respecting the international boundaries in the wake of the standoff with China in the Doklam area of the Sikkim section, a former top US diplomat has said. “Look, India is a critical Himalayan power and who has played by the rule of law, respects the rule of law…I think they (Indians) are setting an important example for other countries. I hope other countries, including China, can resolve any disputes they might have with India through dialogue,” Richard Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, told PTI.

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September 27, 2017
Tokyo and Washington Face Critical Alliance Challenge

Nikkei Asian Review

The Asia-Pacific region is being confronted by large-scale geopolitical change and immediate security threats. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of American strategic engagement in Asia and will be critical to maintain peace, prosperity and stability in the region. As Tokyo and Washington jointly confront acute and long-term challenges — North Korea’s weapons programs, China’s increasing assertiveness, escalating maritime disputes and the unraveling of long-held views on international economics and institutions — cooperation between the two nations will be even more critical.

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September 16, 2017
Director of Research Siddharth Mohandas Speaks at 13th India Trilateral Forum

The India Trilateral Forum is the leading dialogue between Americans, Europeans, and Indians involved in influencing, crafting, and implementing national and foreign policies. The Forum convenes government officials, intellectuals, media commentators, and business representatives from all three communities biannually for an intimate conversation on shared political, social, and economic objectives as well as the implications of India’s rise for the transatlantic community. 

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September 15, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma Named Georgetown Centennial Fellow

Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Richard Verma as SFS Centennial Fellow. Ambassador Verma served as the 25th United States Ambassador to India, nominated by President Obama in September 2014 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014. During his two-year tenure, U.S.-India relations experienced a significant resurgence, with important gains made in defense, trade and clean energy.

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September 13, 2017
The Future Shape of Mekong Cooperation

The Diplomat

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the regional, intergovernmental organization tasked with facilitating the sustainable development of shared water resources between the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Although the organization has been recognized as among the leading multilateral resource management bodies in the developing world, it has come under increasing criticism over the past decade for its inability to prevent unchecked hydropower development along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries.

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