Miller Discusses U.S.-India Relations Under Biden in Hindustan Times

Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published an article in Hindustan Times discussing the United States presidential election and the impact a Biden administration will have on U.S.-India relations. This is the fifth of Miller’s monthly columns in Hindustan Times.

In the article, titled “Under Biden, the future of US-India ties,” Miller outlines the role India plays in counterbalancing China, the security cooperation that has emerged as a result, as well as the factors that might put the U.S.-India relationship at risk. Miller argues that, under President-elect Biden, traditional diplomatic structures will be rebuilt and dedicated state officials will be appointed to focus on the region, something that was never done under President Trump.

Despite worry in India that Biden might come down hard on human rights, Miller says that these concerns will likely be conveyed privately. She also claims that President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bond will probably not impact Biden’s relationship. She claims that the two statesmen will likely be extremely pragmatic in their relationship.

An excerpt:

A Biden administration will not particularly change the relationship. And, in many ways, it may even come out stronger. President Biden will probably restore the US national security decision structure that was gutted by the Trump administration…and a process by which bureaucracy recommendations and decisions made its way up to the President’s office.

The full article can be read on the Hindustan Times‘ website.

Manjari Chatterjee Miller is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She works on foreign policy and security issues with a focus on South and East Asia. Her most recent book, Routledge Handbook of China–India Relations (Routledge & CRC Press, 2020), is the comprehensive guide to the Chinese-Indian relationship covering expansive ideas ranging from the historical relationship to current disputes to AI. Learn more about her here