Bower, the Co-Director of the Pacific Partners Initiative and a leading expert on South Asia, helped to establish and build the US-ASEAN Business Council from the ground level and is recognised as one of the strongest proponents for close ties between the United States and Asia.
During his three week India tour, he visited Chennai, Kochi, Aizawl, Kolkata and New Delhi.
He attended a special session of the International Conference on "Regionalism, Sub-regionalism and Connectivity: India's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century" in Aizawl as Guest of Honor, organized by the Jadavpur Association of International Relations (JAIR), hosted by Mizoram University, Aizawl and supported by Public Diplomacy Division (Ministry of External Affairs), Government of India and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS)
He spoke on the topic: "U.S. Rebalance to Southeast Asia and Foreign Policy toward the Indo-Pacific Region" which was attended by graduate and undergraduate students, research scholars, educators, professors of International Relations, Foreign Policy and Political Sciences from universities and colleges across India.
In Kolkata he attended an interactive session "What lies ahead/Trends to watch" at the Indian Chamber of Commerce where he elaborated on the recent US diplomatic efforts at promoting greater regional economic integrity in South Asia and South East Asia. He also interacted with the business community.
Bower discussed India's "Look East" policy and the role India envisions for itself in the emerging Indo-Pacific regional order with Jeffrey K. Reneau, Acting Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Kolkata at a program organized by the American Center Kolkata.
The topic of discussion was "Looking East: India's Policy and a U.S. Pivot to SE Asia", which was followed by an interactive session with the audience.
--IBNS (Posted on 29-08-2013)