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PacNet #53 – The Diwali Summit

Exceeding the expectations of many, President Obama’s just-concluded state visit to India succeeded in closing the sentiment-substance gap that had come to define bilateral affairs during his administration. For the past two years, his approach toward India was something of a paradox. There is little doubt about Obama’s esteem toward the country and its leaders – indeed this was on prominent display over the last few days. Yet until now, the administration found it difficult to translate expressions of goodwill into policy action.