‘He pointed out how the US-India
relationship needed broader support’
Iwas pleased to learn that India Abroad is honoring Marshall Bouton for his long-standing commitment to India and to the understanding of its great civilization, and current realities in this country.
From right, Marshall Bouton with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee,
Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao, USIBC President Ron
Somers and a delegate. Bouton made the point that the relationship
with India need to be broadened, deepened, and built on more than a
Washington policy, which highlighted non-proliferation.
COUR TES Y: MARSHALL BOU TON
cultural dimension to US-India ties was added to the programming he promoted at the Asia Society.
In recent years, Bouton has continued his involvement in
building and expanding the Indian-American relationship as
president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has
been an active member in other exchanges with India,
notably those organized in the aegis of the Aspen Institute.
Over the years, Bouton has emerged as one of this country’s
leading experts on India and South Asia and a key point of
reference in the design of American policies. He is regularly
consulted by businesses contemplating investments in India;
he, as well, is a strong voice in the American academic community.
In the latter regard, he has played a particularly important
role with the University of Pennsylvania in sponsoring the
study of modern Indian politics and economics.
At the same time, Bouton has become a key contact for
Indian political leaders, senior officials, businessmen, media
and scholars with interests in the US.
India and the US are fortunate to have a strong, articulate
and wise player in Bouton. His devotion to the understanding of India in this country, and thoughtful advice to Indian
friends, and his commitment to the relationship make him
He serves all of us well. ;
In other words, Bouton made the point that the relationship with India need to be broadened, deepened, and built on
more than a Washington policy, which highlighted non-proliferation. He saw the vital importance of business and
investment in the relationship. He also made certain that a
Frank G Wisner has served as Ambassador to Zambia,
Egypt, the Philippines, and India. He also served as Under
Secretary of Defense for Policy and as Under Secretary of
State for International Security Affairs. He is currently
International Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs, LLP.
A cherished friend of India
Princeton University Press in 1985 as
Agrarian Radicalism in South India, a path
breaking study that combined quantitative
and behavioral analysis with cultural and
At the Asia Society he added to its outstanding cultural programs a distinguished
and influential public affairs program and
expanded its focus from East Asia to South
Asia. His tenure at Chicago Council in Global Affairs produced quantum leaps in influence on national policy discourse, programs,
outreach, staff size and budget.
Marshall heads a distinguished cadre of
University of Chicago PhDs in political sci-
ence with careers in Indian-related public
service — Walter Andersen, director, South
Asia Program, School of Advanced
International Studies, Johns Hopkins
University; Ashley Tellis, senior associate,
Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace; and Barnett Rubin, director of stud-
ies and senior fellow, Center on
International Cooperation, New York
Professors Lloyd I Rudolph and Susanne
Hoeber Rudolph were awarded the India
Abroad Friend of India Award last year.
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