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In San Francisco: Why India Matters — U.S.-India Relations, Economic Prospects, and Nuclear Future

September 5, 2007

With Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar, Former Consul General to San Francisco and Program Development Consultant for The Asia Foundation.

As India celebrates sixty years of independence, the country’s outlook is marked by dramatic turns in its economic position, a rapidly evolving nuclear program, and efforts to determine the role India will play in the region. The world’s second most populous nation, India has survived as a diverse, secular democracy for six decades, and its economy has surged. Please join Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar, Program Development Consultant for The Asia Foundation, as he explores where India is headed in this troubled yet promising century.

Ambassador Abhyankar has been involved in formulating Indian policy in the areas of politics and security, trade and investment, and culture and education. He has held many diplomatic posts, including Ambassador to the European Union, and to the Republics of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Syria, as well as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, where he supervised India’s relations with the countries of the Middle East and the Islamic world. He also served as Consul General in San Francisco from 1998 to 2001.

The Asia Foundation has supported India’s development since the mid-1950’s. Currently, the Foundation maintains a non-resident program there, focusing on International Relations, the Environment, Governance, Economic Reform, Women’s Empowerment, and Philanthropy.

Co-sponsored by the Asia Society and the East-West Center


Haydn Williams Conference Room

The Asia Foundation

465 California Street, 8th Floor

San Francisco, CA


Registration 5:30 PM, Program 6:00 PM


To attend, or for more information, please e-mail or call 415-743-3347.

Related locations: India
Related programs: International Cooperation


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