LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2005--For the first time, U.S.-India relations have been examined by a joint task force of noted research organizations from both countries - the West Coast's Pacific Council on International Policy and India's Observer Research Foundation. The new study, released today, found that decades of suspicion are giving way to improved strategic relations facilitated by factors such as India's long-standing commitment to education and science, the opening of the Indian economy to global competition, the migration of influential and entrepreneurial Indians to the U.S., especially the West Coast, and the global effects of the information technology revolution.
On sensitive geopolitical issues, the study found that the expansion of U.S.-India economic and cultural ties has led to increased cooperation over security issues that have proved difficult in the past. Cultural engagement, driven by Indian migration to the U.S. and an explosion of Indian cinema and music, has improved geopolitical relations, according to study findings.
The study also found American concerns regarding the loss of jobs in software and information technology hardware companies to lower-cost firms in India are unfounded. The mutual benefits of business relations between the U.S. and India far outweigh the costs thought to accompany the outsourcing practices of American businesses. However, to ensure an even playing field, the study calls for common standards for skilled professionals in both countries and continuing regulatory reform in India.
The report, authored by former U.S. Ambassador to India and Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, and India's former ambassador to the U.S., Abid Hussain, recommends the following measures are needed to strengthen the emerging U.S.-India partnership:
-- Expanding commerce between the two nations;
-- Promoting cooperation in science and technology;
-- Strengthening cooperation in healthcare and education;
-- Removing barriers to strategic cooperation, particularly in the area of technology development; and
-- Building new constituencies through culture and Indian migration to deepen mutual understanding.
"The Pacific Council undertook this study to increase our understanding of and to strengthen relations between India and the U.S.," said Pacific Council Board Co-chairman and former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher. "We did so because Indian Americans play a prominent role in California and the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, burgeoning trade and technology ties exist between Bangalore and Silicon Valley, and Hollywood and 'Bollywood'."
The Pacific Council is currently engaged in several other projects, including an extensive study to be released in 2006 of the impact of Islam and other religions on U.S. foreign policy and American relations with other countries, led by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Jack Miles, Ph.D.
"The Pacific Council's mission is to foster greater understanding among U.S. and Pacific Rim business and government leaders and to contribute a distinctive West Coast perspective to policy debates. This study furthers both goals admirably," said the council's newly elected president, Geoffrey Garrett, Ph.D.
Based in Los Angeles, the Pacific Council on International Policy is an independent, not-for-profit, international leadership forum established in 1995 in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations and the University of Southern California. Its 1,290 members seek to promote better understanding and more effective action by private and public sector leaders from the western United States and the Pacific Rim.