"The year 2005 is a watershed year in the relations between India and the United States declared Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca at the State Department. But there are significant hurdles to overcome, she cautioned".
"While democracy had a tradition in the region, Rocca said, democratic institutions are seriously challenged in parts of the region. The U.S. is helping develop democratic tools such as the rule of law, independent media, grass roots activism, good governance and transparency through which these nations can address the fundamental problems of extremism, security, and development. Their success will bolster stability throughout the region. Progress in South Asia will have global consequences".