The event was co-hosted by Prof. James Hoadley from the Scheller College of Business and Professor Seymour Goodman from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Computing. Professor Narayanan Komerath of the School of Aerospace Engineering who is GIBC's Joing Secretary, helped make the connections and organize the event. Professor Hoadley is the organizer of the CIBER series of seminars focusing on busines ties with India, while Professor Goodman currently runs the Center for International Security, Technology and Policy at the Sam Nunn School. Professor Komerath is an alumnus of the CISTP, as a Sam Nunn Senior Security Fellow. Despite the rainy weather and Atlanta's rainy-afternoon traffic, the event drew researchers from Georgia Tech, Mercer University,
The CGI held his audience in rapt attention through his speech. He followed that up with a discussion where he had detailed, thoughtful answers to the pointed questions from the audience.
The title and abstract of the talk are given below:
India and the United States: A Defining Partnership of the 21st Century
"The long and complex relationship between India and the United States, the world’s largest and the oldest democracies, respectively, has veered from warm embrace independence, to the uneasy frostbite of the cold war, to being described by President Obama as “the defining partnership of the 21stcentury.” This emerging partnership, based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, and rule of law, is important not only for India and the United States, but also for the rest of the World. Please join the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy as they host Consul General Nagesh Singh, who will speak on growing India-US relations, with an emphasis on the importance of the partnership in the context of global challenges such as terrorism, religious extremism, sustainable development, climate change, and trade."
Shri Nagesh Singh brought unique perspectives from his long experience in the Indian Foreign Service. His responses to questions were direct but came from perspectives that were very educative to the questioners and the audience. The informal meeting period after the talk was over, brought animated discussion. Georgia Tech attendees' common reaction was to wonder why there had been so little interaction with Indian diplomats in recent times, and to resolve to correct that as soon as possible, going forward. Many more such talks and discussions may be expected!