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South Asia’s Strategic Context: Priorities For The Next U.S. President

Insights from U.S. Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer.By Mercy A. Kuo and Angelica O. Tang The Rebalanceauthors Mercy Kuo and Angie Tang regularly engage subject-matter experts, policy practitioners and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into the U.S. rebalance to Asia. This conversation withAmbassador Teresita C. Schaffer– Non-resident Senior Fellows at the Brookings Institution,Senior Adviser at McLarty Associates, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992-1995), and co-author with her husband Howard Schaffer, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh (1984-1987), of forthcoming book Negotiating for India’s Global Role: Regional Primacy and Strategic Autonomy  – is the fourteenth in “The Rebalance Insight Series.” Ambassador Schaffer, as one of the U.S. State Department’s foremost experts on South Asia, your diplomatic service has spanned 30 years with posts in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. You have described India’s foreign policy of one of “strategic autonomy.” P…