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This memoir is a lucid account of one of the most important diplomatic episodes in recent history - the dialogue that opened between the U.S. and India subsequent to India’s atomic weapons test in 1998. Author Strobe Talbot, a lifelong diplomat, recaps the history of the India-Pakistan dispute, explains why Indian-U.S. relations were in deplorable condition, and leaves readers in no doubt about the importance of resolving the situation or about the difficulty of doing so. Talbot’s direct involvement in the diplomacy that restored U.S.-Indian relations was relatively brief, but it laid the foundation for a new level of cooperation and dialogue. getAbstract commends his deft portrait of high-level diplomacy in action.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What happened in the relationship between the U.S. and India from roughly 1998 to 2000, according to an insider; and
  • Why it continues to shape world events.

About the Author

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, served as the United States’ deputy secretary of state from 1994-2001. Previously, he was a correspondent and columnist for Time magazine.



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