India Trilateral Forum
India Trilateral Forum is the leading dialogue between Americans, Europeans, and Indians involved in influencing, crafting, and implementing national and foreign policies. The Forum convenes government officials, intellectuals, media commentators, and business representatives from all three communities biannually for an intimate conversation on shared political, social, and economic objectives as well as the implications of India’s rise for the transatlantic community. GMF’s partners in this initiative are the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.
India Trilateral Forum fulfills several functions:
- Setting an agenda. India Trilateral Forum provides an important venue for identifying key areas both of shared interest and of disagreement between Americans, Europeans, and Indians. Sessions on such topics as terrorism, maritime security, and climate negotiations also help to introduce niche issues to a wider audience of non-specialists.
- Building networks. The Forum allows participants from across countries, sectors, and issue-specific communities to interact with one another.
- Fostering a transatlantic India policy community. The Forum introduces generalists to important discussions involving India and raises the profile of up-and-coming experts.
- Advancing a common understanding of priorities and challenges. India Trilateral Forum helps participants identify specific policy challenges and share innovative approaches to solving them.
Topics discussed at past India Trilateral Forums
- Economic and business prospects under Prime Minister Narendra Modi
- Internet freedom, governance, and cyber security
- Developments in Russia, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and its implications for India
- Facilitating trade: TPP, RCEP, TTIP, EU-India FTA, and more
- Democratic politics and growth prospects in India and the West