According to a senior official from the Obama-era, US President-elect Joe Biden was an early supporter of the India-US relationship. His administration will continue to prioritize the defense and security partnership with New Delhi, India.
According to Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations said that based on the priorities articulated already by President-elect Biden, she is anticipating that the Biden-Harris administration will continue to place a higher priority on the defense and security relationship with India. This has been a major area that has advanced during the Trump administration.
Ayres had even served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from the year 2010 to 2013.
She said that the former vice president Biden was an early supporter of the US-India relationship. 15 years ago, President-elect had viewed the US and India as the two closest nations in the world. She added that Biden has even supported the civil nuclear agreement with India in Congress.
Joe Biden’s Campaign Website Talks About Partnership With India
Biden’s election campaign website also have agendas on partnering with India. This is to support rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region.
Biden’s priorities on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and tackling climate change will also make it necessary for his administration to have close cooperation with India.
Ayres is expecting clean energy and climate cooperation to return to the forefront of the agenda during the Biden administration. the same was the case during Barrack Obama’s term as the US President.
She says that they can see the catastrophic effects of climate change right in front of their eyes. Their country is on fire, and their coasts are regularly hit by hurricanes. India is also battling floods, drought, and extreme weather events. And this has no solution other than dramatically scaling up clean energy.
According to Ayres, India has emerged as a global leader in solar power. So it will be in everyone’s collective interest to renew cooperation on this area that the Trump administration set aside during their term.
Ayres was founding director of the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates from 2008 to 2010 before serving in the Obama administration. McLarty Associates is a Washington-based international strategic advisory firm.
From 2007 to 2008, she also served as a special assistant to the undersecretary of state for political affairs. This was as a CFR international affairs fellow. Before this, she worked in the non-profit sector at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India and at the Asia Society in New York.