US President Joe Biden nominated American politician and diplomat Eric Michael Garcetti to become the next ambassador to India. Eric Michael is a member of the Democratic Party, and he served as the 42nd and current mayor of Los Angeles since 2013.
A former member of the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti served as City Council President from 2006 to 2012. He is the city’s first elected Jewish mayor, and its second consecutive Mexican American mayor. He was elected as the youngest mayor in over 100 years, having been 42 at the time of his inauguration. It was in July 2021, President Biden announced the matter of nominating Garcetti to the position of US Ambassador to India.
After knowing about his nomination, Eric Garcetti said,” India is situated in a tough neighborhood. I intend to double-down on our efforts to strengthen India’s capacity to secure its borders and deter aggression through counterterrorism coordination.”
Eric Garcetti, 50 said that he would fully support the law of the land, the implementation of CAATSA, and part of that is the waiver provision.
Prior to his election to the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti was a visiting instructor of international affairs at the University of Southern California, and an assistant professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College.
His academic work focused on ethnic conflict and nationalism in Southeast Asia and Northeast Africa. During this time, he published articles and chapters of books on post-conflict societies, Eritrean nationalism, and non-violent action. He has served on the California Board of Human Rights Watch and currently serves on the advisory board for Young Storytellers, an arts education nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Garcetti is also a member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
Garcetti will take over as India chief at the US embassy as the Biden administration battles China on several fronts especially in the Indo-Pacific. During the confirmation hearing, Garcetti emphasized he will push for the “diversification” of India’s weapons system as the country gets set to acquire the Russian S-400 missile defense system. The upcoming ambassador told that he would work towards strengthening defense partnership with India.