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The India-Afghanistan Relationship: Examining Historical, Political, Economic, and Cultural Ties

The India-Afghanistan Relationship: Examining Historical, Political, Economic, and Cultural Ties

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Hudson Institute will host a conference to discuss the relationship between India and Afghanistan. Panelists will address the historic and strategic ties between the two countries as well as India-U.S.-Afghanistan relations. Though the region has long been a focus of American diplomatic, development, and military efforts for nearly two decades, the shared historical, political, cultural, economic ties between India and Afghanistan are neither known nor appreciated.

India has played a significant developmental role as Afghanistan’s largest regional bilateral donor. Since the fall of the Taliban, India has strengthened Afghan trade ties and provided more than $3 billion in reconstruction assistance.

Afghanistan offers India an important potential partnership in regional competition with Pakistan (and increasingly China) as well as a gateway to the energy-rich Central Asian nations. Panelists will discuss impact that these ties have and the future of the relationship.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]


Javid Ahmad

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Sadanand Dhume Moderator

Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Ambassador Husain Haqqani Moderator

Director, South and Central Asia program, Hudson Institute

Ambassador Nancy Jackson

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan Affairs, Department of State

Samiullah Mahdi

Public Radio International

Ashok Malik

Policy Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Davood Moradian

Director General, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies

Aparna Pande Moderator

Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, Hudson Institute

Ambassador R Rahmani

Afghan Ambassador to the US

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow, FDD

Ambassador Omar Samad

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council South Asia Center

Prakhar Sharma Moderator

Senior Researcher, International Republican Institute

Ambassador HV Shringla

Indian Ambassador to the US

Vikram Singh

Senior Advisor, Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace

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