Cleo Paskal

Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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Cleo Paskal (CAN) is a non-resident senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, regularly lectures and moderates for seminars for the U.S. military, and has taught at defense colleges in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, and Oman. From 2006 to 2022, she was an associate fellow at Chatham House, London. She is widely published in the academic and popular press and has written for (among many others): The DiplomatDefense NewsThe TelegraphSouth China Morning PostThe Australian, Japan TimesThe World Today, and International Affairs and is currently the North America Special Correspondent for The Sunday Guardian (India) newspaper.

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From Non-Alignment to Realignment

This chapter was made possible through a grant from the Hindu American Foundation.

The US and India expanded cooperation across various domains in the second reporting period of 2023. The two moved to materialize projects and initiatives that were conceived in the first quarter, in wide-ranging domains with significant geopolitical and geoeconomic scope including defense cooperation, critical and emerging technologies, and infrastructure development. While New Delhi continued to straddle groupings such as BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the US-India partnership broke ground on more initiatives than any of India’s other bilateral relationships. Modi and Biden visited each other’s capitals and reaffirmed their commitment to a rules-based international order. The rousing reception Modi received in Washington and the continued US preeminence in most major trade and technology initiatives conceived by India highlighted the growing partnership between the two democracies. And the two leaders, while facing elections next year, seem willing to work together on common global priorities—sometimes at domestic political costs.