Researcher, Observer Research Foundation’s Strategic Studies Initiative
Sylvia Mishra presently is researcher with Observer Research Foundation’s Strategic Studies Initiative working on India-United States Relations and U.S. Policy in Asia. Prior to ORF, she worked at the ICRIER-Wadhwani Chair in India-US Policy Studies and has been associated with several New Delhi and London based think-tanks.
While political analysts acknowledged Jeb Bush's strong debate performance in Las Vegas, it would be interesting to note whether his proposed policies resonated with registered Republicans. So far, it appears unlikely that Jeb Bush's admittedly riveting debate performance alone can reverse the damage his campaign has already suffered and boost his poll ratings.
Hailing from a family of two former US presidents, Jeb Bush carries with him, for good or bad, plenty of family baggage. However, he has mentioned on several occasions that his family name has given him no unique claim to the Oval Office. So far, Jeb Bush has been vigorously campaigning, strengthening his super-PAC and has been able to establish himself as an accomplished candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.
Even though the magnitude of impact from trade diversion on India when the TPP is in place can be debated, it is certain that trade and investment diversions hurting the Indian economy is most likely to occur.
Four major themes emerge from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's speech at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a major security conference: an enduring American commitment to shared peace and prosperity; the need to promote Asia Pacific security architecture; efforts to enhance regional cooperation and a revival of America's diplomacy in the region. An analysis of the major ideas from Carter's speech presents a positive reminder that the US will continue to play a role influencing and shaping the region.
Increasingly, there is an asymmetry in the fulcrum of economic power and military power. Taking cognizance of the gradual shift in the centres of geo-economics and geopolitics is critical to sustaining and maintaining America's power in global affairs. America's leadership in global affairs needs to be supplemented with maintaining economic primacy with a competitive edge in market-driven economics.
Of notable significance in the American rebalance to Asia is India's role as the 'lynchpin' of the strategy. With a sense of cautious optimism in its recalibrated economic growth, India is making concerted efforts to carve out an enhanced role for itself in the Asia-Pacific region. India is an important partner for the United States in Asia for strategic and economic reasons.
Whilst there is an overall positive outlook on India-US ties, especially on the defence and security side, it is clear that India is looking for more co-production and joint-development of technology initiatives rather than just acquisitions.
Factors like a declining US military budget and changing geo-political landscape in Asia-Pacific have made India-US defence ties mutually symbiotic. As a part of its new Indo-Pacific strategy and the safety and stability of Asia, the US is committed to strengthening India in all major sectors of national development, especially defence.