About The India - US Forum

The India-US Forum is a platform for both American and Indian leaders across the spectrum to discuss complex global and bilateral issues and promote greater cooperation between the two countries through consultation and collaboration.

The Forum is a unique closed-door meeting for participants from the US and India to jointly shape the future of India-US strategic partnership convened by the Ananta Centre and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The discussions are held under Chatham House Rule. Participation in the Forum is by invitation only and is limited to select eminent personalities from each side.

The discussions at the Forum are forward looking with specific suggestions for action. The participants cover new ideas for bilateral and multilateral cooperation and suggest how to expand relations for the long-term. Additionally, they brainstorm to identify new areas of collaboration and ways to move beyond the potential roadblocks.


The inaugural edition of The India US Forum was convened by Ananta Centre and the
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on 31st July - 1st August 2017 in New Delhi. The Forum brought together more than 40 speakers and 100 participants including Members of Parliament, business and political leaders, eminent media personalities, senior officials and thought leaders to discuss the various dimensions of the India-US partnership. The Forum, which followed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, addressed major issues in political and trade relations, security cooperation as well as innovation, technology, and environment and energy.

Honourable Minister of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj gave the inaugural address underlining the essential shared values and challenges of the Indo-US relationship. The Minister introduced the forum as a platform for creating a strategic dialogue between the two countries and acknowledged that the last two decades have witnessed a rapid transformation in India-US relations which has truly become a strategic partnership of global significance.

The 2nd Annual India US Forum was held in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs on 6 – 7 April 2018, New Delhi. The Forum brought together 50 participants from USA and 50 from India to discuss ways of advancing common objectives; build mutual trust that will shape the future and develop a joint agenda for future cooperation.

The US participants included 7 members of US Congress, Chief Strategist to the Vice President of USA, representatives from Department of State, Department of Defence, top CEOs and industry leaders, journalists from renowned dailies and publications, heads of think tanks including The Heritage Foundation, The Hudson Institute, Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund; Council on Foreign Relations among others.

The key topics covered included Strategic Convergence – Defence and Security Ties; Rise of China and Geopolitical Connectivity; Immigration and Future of Cross-Border Work; Combating Terrorism, Extremism and Radicalization; Maritime Cooperation in The Indo – Pacific; Energy Cooperation; Economic Cooperation – Bilateral Trade and Investments.