India’s Energy Security and Energy Cooperation with the United States: Optimizing Gains and Moving Forward


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When: Sep 10 2019 - 12:00pm until Sep 10 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

India’s Energy Security and Energy Cooperation with the United States: Optimizing Gains and Moving Forward

An Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Sujata Ashwarya
Asia Studies Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

As a transformed U.S.-India strategic partnership took shape on the heels of the India-U.S. strategic dialogue in the closing years of the 1990s, energy cooperation emerged as its core element. However, the politics underlying the ballast in India-U.S.Dr. Sujata Ashwarya energy trade cannot be ignored given the critical nature of the resource. The United States under President Donald Trump has identified India as among the many countries with which it must reduce its trade deficit and is pressuring India through tariffs and withdrawal of trade privileges under the GSP, to open up its large market for American energy products. Though the U.S. trade deficit with India is a fraction of that with China, Indian oil and gas purchase from the United States are expected to cut the deficit over the years. A possible clash between rising U.S. protectionism and India’s own quasi protectionism can exacerbate tensions to the detriment of deepening ties in the energy sector.

Dr. Sujata Ashwarya discussed the progress, impediments and outlook for U.S.-India energy cooperation in the context of India’s foreign relations and United States-India relations.

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Sujata Ashwarya is Associate Professor in the Centre for West Asian Studies [Middle Eastern], Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She received her MPhil and PhD degrees in West Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded research fellowships at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) and Centre d’Etudes et des Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris; and the Schusterman Centre for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, USA. She was also affiliated as a researcher at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Iran. Her research interests include the politics of energy, India’s West Asia policy, politics and foreign policy of Iran, Iraq and Israel, and issues relating to democratisation in the region. A frequent traveler, she has presented more than 50 research papers in national and international conferences and seminars. She has more than 30 published research articles and has written, edited and co-edited 5 books. Her books include, Israel’s Mediterranean Gas: Domestic Governance, Economic Impact, and Strategic Implications (Routledge, 2019), Contemporary West Asia: Perspectives on Change and Continuity (co-edited; Routledge, 2019); India-Iran Relations: Progress, Problems and Prospects (Routledge, 2017); Essays on Iran and Israel: An Indian Perspective (Knowledge World, 2014); and Civil Society, Democracy and State in West Asia (edited; New Century, 2010).

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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