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UNC-Chapel Hill to Host ‘US-India Relations Under the Biden Administration’

Brent Van Vleit, March 1, 2021

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with Carolina’s Modern Indian Studies Initiative, will host the panel discussion “U.S.-India Relations Under the Biden Administration” via livestream at 6 p.m. EDT on April 7, 2021.

The panel discussion will feature experienced diplomats discussing how relations between the United States and India, two of the world’s largest democracies, are likely to unfold under the Biden administration. The panel will feature: Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the U.S.; Ambassador Richard Verma, former U.S. ambassador to India; and Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer at UNC-Chapel Hill and former U.S. ambassador, as moderator.

Anusha Chari, director of the Modern Indian Studies initiative and professor of economics and finance at UNC-Chapel Hill, will deliver opening remarks, and Ambassador Stephenson will provide welcoming remarks before moderating the panel discussion.

The panel is presented as part of Diplomatic Discussions, a series organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, which brings diplomats and foreign relations experts to UNC-Chapel Hill to discuss important issues in diplomacy and international affairs.

“We are honored to host these distinguished diplomats at UNC to dive into this rich and consequential topic. I can’t think of a better way to launch my office’s new Diplomatic Discussions series, which will create regular opportunities for UNC students and faculty to engage with diplomats and explore the conduct of diplomacy.”

The discussion will also further inform the growing study and research of modern India at Carolina.

“India is the world’s largest democracy and the second-largest economy in Asia. Understanding the dynamic relationship between the two countries and the geopolitical implications of India’s role on the world stage is key,” said Chari. “We are excited to learn more from our distinguished panelists.”

The Modern Indian Studies initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill, affiliated with the Carolina Asia Center, is designed to transform the study and understanding of contemporary India for students, researchers, entrepreneurs and future leaders. The initiative was developed with support from leaders from North Carolina’s Indian American community.

The panel discussion will be held via Zoom livestream, and advance registration is required.

Visit Modern Indian Studies’ event listing to view the full biographies of speakers and panelists.

This event is organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the Modern Indian Studies initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill. Campus partners include the following from the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences: the Carolina Asia Center; Curriculum in Global Studies; Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense; Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Political Science; Department of Public Policy; and UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.

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