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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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August 13, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma Inducted in Cambria County Military Hall of Fame

The Tribune-Democrat

Before Richard Verma represented the United States in the Air Force or as an ambassador to India, he was a child growing up in Cambria County, learning the values that eventually helped him achieve those accomplishments.

And to this day, Verma still remains connected to his old home.

He plans to come back again next weekend to participate in two events. On Friday, Verma is scheduled to speak during the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ 2017 Founders’ Day when the organization plans to present its annual report. Then, on Saturday, he will be inducted into the Cambria County Military Hall of Fame during a ceremony set to take place at 1 p.m. inside the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

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August 10, 2017
Vice Chair Rich Verma Speaks on U.S.-India Relationship


WASHINGTON: The Trump Administration has recognised India as a major foreign policy priority, a former top American diplomat has said, noting that the credit for strong ties between the two nations goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former US President Barack Obama.

“I do think India has been recognised as a major foreign policy priority (in the Trump Administration) and one that from the president on down, people are vested in, and that’s very encouraging,” Richard Rahul Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, told news agency PTI. “The over all trajectory of the relationship has been quite good,” he said.

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