attended an event on Tuesday, September 09, 2014, in the think tank at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where Senator John McCain was the guest speaker. There was a small stage with two chairs one for the Senator and one for the moderator Mr. Ashley Tellis who is the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s senior associate specializing in security, defense and Asian strategic issues. The setting of the room was very intimate with it being a small room with two chairs at the front for McCain and Tellis and a simple podium. The event was open to the public as well as the press.
McCain was there to talk about the importance of strengthening the United States’ relationship with India. He talked about having a relationship that is not transactional, like it is now, but a more personal and mutually beneficial relationship for both countries. Throughout the Senator’s speech, he emphasized creating a rules based international order. McCain believes that in order to strengthen our relationship America should be India’s preferred partner for economic growth, in terms of trade and investment, as well as their number one supplier of energy. In order to secure this positive relationship, McCain said that Asia, the Middle East, East Asia, and the Pacific need to be stable and willing to work with our two countries. The Senator emphasized the upcoming meeting between President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Modi as a stepping stone to building a strong, positive relationship. He said that Americans need to have faith in India and their assets and Indian citizens need to have faith in America that we will help them to grow as a country. This should be easier to meet on common ground because we share democratic values and have bipartisan support from both countries, according to John McCain.
McCain opened up the floor to questions after talking for thirty minutes. Many questions were aimed at our relationship with other countries such as China. Those who asked questions were from embassies, students, as well as other press agencies.