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'Earlier, We'd Be Stiff. Now We Deal As Colleagues, With Humour And Frankness.'

The US undersecretary of commerce and a key player on Indo-US issues, the effervescent advocate of better relations between the two countries, reflects on the long road traveled during his tenure.

'Earlier, We'd Be Stiff. Now We Deal As Colleagues, With Humour And Frankness.'
'Earlier, We'd Be Stiff. Now We Deal As Colleagues, With Humour And Frankness.'
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Ken Juster, undersecretary of commerce and a key player on Indo-US issues, announced he is leaving the Bush Administration this month to return to the private sector. In a wide-ranging interview, the effervescent advocate of better relations between the two countries reflects on the long road traveled. During his tenure, he lent his considerable weight to push the process through the US bureaucracy, overcoming many hurdles along the way.

Your decision to leave the Bush Administration has caused some concern in India because you are the second person clearly identified as a friend of India to move on. What attracted you to Indian issues?

Given my responsibilities in the U.S. government for the export of sensitive U.S. technology, India represented both a challenge and an opportunity for me. When I took office, the United States still had in place certain sanctions against India resulting from India’s 1998 nuclear tests. Indeed, because India is outside the established global nonproliferation framework, including the four multilateral...

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