About CUTS Global Affairs

As a pioneering entity with over 40 years of expertise, CUTS International, Global Affairs, a global public policy research and advocacy group aims to impact the process and content of inclusive growth and development in India and at the world at large.

CUTS GLOBAL AFFAIRS is working towards advancing better understanding and cooperation on trade and strategic issues in broader Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, West Asia and in Africa.

This strategic expansion underscores the organisation’s commitment to fostering social and economic transformation not only in India but across the Global South.

By positioning itself in Washington DC, a key hub for international diplomacy and policy discourse, CUTS global affairs aim to contribute to informed decision-making and policy formulation on economic and strategic matters. This endeavour is part of a broader effort to foster stability, prosperity, and inclusive development across the vast expanse of the Indo-Pacific region.

The organization has consistently followed a Centrist approach with demonstrated capacity in promoting consumer welfare in an innovative, development friendly and transparent manner. The Center will actively engage with all stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region, countries of the rekindled quadrilateral, international trade bodies and institutions globally. Washington DC and Geneva are both central to trade policy negotiations and the Center will position itself for discussions on economic issues which impact the partner countries.

“CUTS has developed from a modest NGO to a pre-eminent position, dealing with issues relating to the world trading system and is now on the frontline of research and advocacy on global trade issues.” 
- Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University, NY

“CUTS has become the principal provider of reliable information not just on trade but in many other areas of economics.” 
- Nitin Desai Former Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

“For a civil society organisation from a developing country to be able to last this long is something to be really proud of. I want to congratulate you personally and CUTS for the substantive work that you do.” 
- Dr Okonjo-Iweala, DG, WTO



  • Research leading to a future Indo-Pacific free trade and investment agreement
  • Non-tariff, non-scientific, technical barriers to trade, standards and movement of labor
  • Agriculture: Fair access to each country’s agriculture markets
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Strategic issues 

  • High technology trade across Defence, Homeland Security & IT: Identify challenges and opportunities
  • Enabling agreements
  • America First and Make in India
  • Government Procurement
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Technology and Innovation

  • Next-generation technology and innovations: Identify Opportunities and Challenges
  • Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance
  • Collaboration between Techno democracies
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  • Plug into the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP)
  • Identify opportunities to trade in clean and renewable energy
  • Policy and regulatory barriers and suggest solutions
  • Investment concerns
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