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Issues & Insights Vol. 24, SR. 1 – US-India Dosti: Insights from the Next Gen

  • Aadrina Deori

  • Moirangthem Sayaluxmi Devi

  • Lake Dodson

  • Garrison Moratto

  • Nicholas Shafer

  • Shalini Singh



The relationship between India and the United States may be the most important bilateral in the 21st century. It’s not just that the two countries are democracies that face a common obstacle in the People’s Republic of China, but that both countries offer the other an enormous amount of resources, be it in technology, natural resources, and (most importantly) people. This volume includes six such people, all of them young minds capable of offering suggestions on how to nurture that relationship for years, even decades to come. Their ideas—on critical and emerging tech, nuclear energy, security, and even social problems like inequality—present the first round of such advice, which Pacific Forum looks forward to offering to the publics in both countries for many years. We are grateful for the support of the Hindu American Foundation in this effort. Together, we look forward to nurturing the dosti (friendship) across the social, economic, technological, and political spheres.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Dosti (Friendship) for the 21st Century

Rob York

Chapter 1 | Strengthening US-India Ties Through Cooperation in the Semiconductor and Critical Minerals Industry: A Counterweight to Chinese Hegemony?

Shalini Singh

Chapter 2 | “The New Special Relationship”: A Framework for US-India Relations in the 21st Century

Garrison Moratto

Chapter 3 | India-US Civil Nuclear Partnership: Paving the Way for Peaceful Nuclear Energy Utilization

Moirangthem Sayaluxmi Devi

Chapter 4 | Maritime CSBMS in the Indo-Pacific: Whiter the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea?

Nicholas Shafer

Chapter 5 | Forging a Technological Alliance: The India-US Partnership for Innovation and Growth

Aadrina Deori

Chapter 6 | Inequality: America and India’s Shared Problem, and What To Do About It

Lake Dodson

About the Authors

Aadrina Deori holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. In her prior engagements, she assumed leadership roles and played an active role in initiatives such as Pink Legal Avyanna, where she championed the cause of women’s legal rights in India. Her intellectual pursuits extend to exploring the intricate interplay of gender dynamics, governance, public policy, and administration. Additionally, she aspires to delve into the realm of international relations, with a keen focus on the burgeoning significance of the Indo-Pacific region.

Moirangthem Sayaluxmi Devi is from Manipur, a state in the north-eastern region of India. She completed her BA in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Political Science from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Her research interests revolve around the study of geopolitical developments in East and South Asia. In addition, she is keen in studying on topics related to gender and politics and socio-political issues in the North-Eastern part of India.

Lake Dodson is a senior Political Science student currently studying at the University of Mississippi. His interests are Korean-American relations, cybersecurity policy, and nuclear energy/weapons policy. Lake is a published writer, with pieces published by the Realist Review, the Commandant Military Journal of the University of Toronto, and Threo Defense Journal.

Garrison Moratto holds a Master’s of Science in International Relations from Liberty University, where he previously graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Government: Public Administration. He currently works as an independent consultant to a foreign policy think tank in Washington D.C. 

Nicholas Shafer is a Fulbright Scholar at Ashoka University in New Delhi where he works on rising powers in the multilateral system with a regional focus on West & South Asia. He previously served as a Program Officer at the Meridian International Center and as a Yemen & Gulf Affairs Desk Officer at USAID, and previously worked at the State Department, Smithsonian Institution, and Mercy Corps. A former Boren Scholar at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad in Jordan, his current work focuses principally on US Foreign Policy and evolving forms of multilateralism and regional governance and also works on emerging technologies, critical minerals, and defense at the US – India Business Council. Nick studied West Asian Studies, Governance, and Public Policy at Oxford and the Institute of Development Studies as a Marshall Scholar and holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Arabic, and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. A proud multigenerational Californian, Nick remains actively engaged with Californian institutions cultivating global affairs capacity and currently serves as a Strategic Advisor at UC Berkeley. Nick is also the Co-Executive Director of Global Community College Transfers and loves mentoring community college, transfer, and non-traditional students to break into public service, fellowships, and professional life.

Shalini Singh is currently pursuing Ph.D. in International Relations from Amity Institute of International Studies, Amity University Noida, India. Her research interests revolve around great power politics- focusing on US and China. She has also keen interest in South Asia and Africa.