America and India: Advancing a Strategic 21st Century Partnership on the Economic, Financial, Security and Trade Fronts
In sharing a common struggle of removing the shackles of colonialism, America and India’s founding leaders advanced the significance of self-determination, freedom and democracy. During the 20th century’s two major world wars, the soldiers of India and the United States fought on the same side against the tide of tyranny in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. During World War II, India provided the largest all-volunteer army of two million soldiers to liberate peoples from Europe to Southeast Asia. The United States and India, joined by other allies, saved Europe’s targeted and persecuted groups. We shall never forget the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.
As the world addresses the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, America and India, two nations established on the foundational rule of law, have an opportunity to advance principled solutions by forging a strategic partnership on the economic, financial, security and trade fronts.
The International Leaders Summit is supportive of policy ideas which advance a bold America – India Agreement with an emphasis on expanding markets through a level-playing field for small and medium entrepreneurs, investors and businesses, based on the rule of law and protection of property rights.
Over the past decade, the think tank has advanced the principled recommendations of creating an engaged security network, a partnership of America and India joined by Israel and other sovereign nations adhering to the rule of law and shared principles to address the defense and cyber-security challenges. The International Leaders Summit has called upon America and India’s leaders to dismantle the Balkan Route’s illicit trade of heroin smuggling which funds terrorist groups such as al Qaeda, Hezbollah, ISIS and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
One of the extraordinary developments through the International Leaders Summit has been its successful engagement of Indian Americans, representing the strong 3 million US citizens, contributing to America’s economic growth, research and development on the healthcare and high-tech fronts. The influential Indian diaspora is positively engaged through the International Leaders Summit and the leadership of Joel Anand Samy, Dr. Sampat Shivangi, Dr. Shanti Gandhi, and Dr. Sunita Kanumury who are the driving force to strengthen America and India’s strategic ties.