There's no need to explain the sordid details of Indo-Pakistan rivalry. It's like an open secret. The arms race in South Asia -- and the enduring threat of a nuclear armageddon -- further complicates the matter.
It may not be the Treaty of Versailles, or even the Camp David Accord, but on the 10th anniversary of its signing this month, the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative has been heralded as a transformative development that will determine the contours of the emerging international order.
If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.
The potential for what the United States and India can achieve together remains significant, even in light of the obstacles afflicting bilateral ties at the moment. The two countries are witnessing a convergence of interests in an increasing number of critical and diverse arenas.
The issues to be discussed are numerous, daunting and will take time; whether it is Kashmir, state-sponsored terrorism, Afghanistan or water issues, India and Pakistan need to agree to sit down at a table together to hash it out once and for all.
India has a long way to go in its fight against corruption. The task facing the world's largest democracy is a herculean one. Its citizens have proven that they are ready to rise to the challenge. Hopefully, their government is too.
Obama's enduring popularity within India, close relationship with Manmohan Singh, and widespread support amongst the Indian-American community are just some of the distinctive factors that will help ensure ties with New Delhi remain robust and continue to grow over the next four years.
Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.