Discovering India: U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program for India

The U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program for India sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi (NDPAS) was designed to connect U.S. experts with Indian audiences and institutions; to promote an understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies and institutions; and to discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. The program sent American experts to India to engage with audiences through lectures, workshops, and seminars; through appearances in foreign media; and in a consultancy capacity.

The program started during the last quarter of 2013 and was implemented through December 2016 offering an opportunity to U.S. experts and specialists to travel individually to India on a professional assignment. Selected experts/participants traveled to India for a 10-day to three week long professional program designed by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in cooperation with Meridian and other in-country U.S. Consulates.

The program allowed the participating speakers to engage with a broad spectrum of audience and organizations on topics such as Intellectual Property Rights; Alternative Energy; China – India – U.S. Relations; Climate Change; Counter Terrorism; Cyber Security; Energy Security; Immigration; and Trade and Business.

Project News

  • Meridian's blog The Lead summarizes the issues covered during the India Speaker Series.
  • Blog post details Michael Schlesinger's experience in India, explaining the importance of intellectual property in the Bollywood film industry.



U.S. Department of State

Project summary

Discovering India: U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program for India | August 2015
Number of Visitors: 19
Regions: South and Central Asia
Countries: India
Impact Areas: Civic Engagement, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: Diplomatic Corps