Keith Krach and John Chambers advance US-India relations with reliable technology

MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Keith Krach, president of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, and John Chambers, chairman emeritus of Cisco, discussed the critical role trusted technology plays in promoting freedom at the Forum’s West Coast Summit United States-India Strategic Partnership (USISPF) . As the only independent institution dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-India partnership in Washington, D.C. and New Delhi, USISPF is the trusted partner of businesses, nonprofits, the diaspora, and governments across India. India and the United States.

“I worked for Keith Krach at Ariba and now with John Chambers at USISPF,” said the organization’s president and CEO, Mukesh Aghi. “They are both true champions of a strong US-India relationship and have done a lot in their careers to strengthen the ties between our two nations.”

“When I think of the influences that have been most important to me over the years, my friend and mentor John Chambers stands out,” observed Keith Krach. “His visionary leadership of one of the world’s most important companies, Cisco, changed the technology industry and, in his role as USISPF President, John’s focus on fostering entrepreneurship, gender equality and the creation of new businesses will continue to improve the lives of people in the United States, India and around the world.

“Keith is one of this generation’s leading multi-sector transformational leaders, as he has proven time and time again in business, philanthropy, technology, education and government,” John Chambers told the USISPF gathering. government and business leaders. “The common thread running through all of these transformational achievements is Keith’s focus on trust. As Under Secretary of State, Keith was able to accomplish things that had never been done before by deploying his underlying doctrine of the “Trust Principle” and creating Tech Statecraft, for which he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2022.”

Krach explained that the “principle of trust” is based on democratic values, such as respect for the rule of law, sovereignty of nations, human rights, labor practices, freedom of the press and the environment, as a peaceful alternative to the “power to power” of authoritarian regimes. Principle,” rooted in brute force, coercion, and intimidation.

Krach described how, as the world battled the worst pandemic in a century, his hybrid civil servant-private sector leadership team at the State Department put the “trust principle” to the test by tackling the plan. director of the Chinese Communist Party to control 5G. . The concept has found resonance around the world, as evidenced by the success of the Clean Network, which has attracted 60 countries, representing two-thirds of the world’s GDP, and more than 200 telecommunications companies rallying to the “principle of trust”. He also warned the Chinese government that its “rule principle” would no longer go unchallenged.

During their dialogue, Chambers also singled out Krach as a champion of America’s high-tech industry, citing his team’s lead role in the relocation of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which led to an investment of $300 billion in US-based chip manufacturing. , and the design of the $250 billion United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which will fund research into the best national security technologies to ensure America’s high-tech leadership for the next generation. .

Turning to the lessons of the war in Ukraine, Chambers referred to the Fortune article, Present your contingency plan for China at the next board meeting, who pointed to the fact that many of America’s most respected corporate board members are demanding a contingency plan for China from their CEOs. “What if Xi shoots a Putin? Krach asked the USISPF attendees. “With Xi’s recent crackdown on private industry and the real likelihood of an attack on Taiwan, corporate boards increasingly understand that doing business with, in or for China is a huge risk. Board members have a fiduciary duty to shareholders to mitigate material risks.

The USISPF discussion ended with a focus on deepening US-India partnerships as an important aspect of the Krach Institute for Technology Diplomacy. “Democracy is under attack like never before and our two nations are the largest democracies in the world. Preserving freedom and peace through trust must be at the heart of our relationship,” Krach said, “As one of America’s closest friends, a technological superpower, and a member of the Quad and the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies, India is not only a bulwark against techno-authoritarianism, but also crucial in advancing our shared democratic values ​​through trusted technology.

About Purdue’s Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy:

The nonpartisan Krach Institute for Technology Diplomacy at Purdue is the world’s preeminent institution focused on Tech Statecraft, a new model of diplomacy that connects the high-tech sector with the foreign policy and national security sectors to ensure using trusted technology to advance freedom. The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy is a 501(c)(3) that builds on Purdue’s strength in innovation, deep expertise in technology, and global prowess in training transformational leaders. It aims to rally our allies, leverage private sector innovation and amplify democratic values ​​based on trust.

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