CFR Invitation for 10/9 Academic Conference Call

On Thursday, October 9th, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), invites all members of SIR chapters to participate in the next session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series, titled "The U.S.-India Relationship." This will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, will discuss the evolving U.S.-India relationship, in light of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the United States.


Dr. Ayres served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013, providing policy direction and support to U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the region. Previously, she led the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates, a Washington-based international strategic advisory firm. Dr. Ayres joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Department of State as special assistant to the undersecretary for political affairs as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. Her book on nationalism, culture, and politics in Pakistan, "Speaking Like a State," received the 2011-2012 American Institute of Pakistan Studies book prize. Dr. Ayres blogs regularly at CFR's "Asia Unbound," and is a "Forbes" contributor.

In order to encourage student participation, professors typically convene as a group in a classroom or their office around a speaker phone.

Please reply to if you would like to make this call available to your students or fellow members, and CFR will send you the toll-free dial-in number and password one day prior to the call. Be sure to mention that you are a representative of an SIR chapter.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Narendra Modi and Barack Obama, "A Renewed U.S.-India Partnership for the 21st Century," Washington Post, September 30, 2014.

2) Narendra Modi and Richard N. Haass, "A Conversation With Narendra Modi," Event Video, Council on Foreign Relations, September 29, 2014.

3) Nicholas Burns, "Passage to India: What Washington Can Do to Revive Relations With New Delhi," Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014.

4) Alyssa Ayres, "Bringing India Inside the Asia Trade Tent," Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 46, Council on Foreign Relations Press, June 2014.

5) Alyssa Ayres, Asia Unbound, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

6) "Timeline: U.S.-India Relations," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.

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