India and the Asian Balance of Power: Countering China

unnamedOctober 26, 2016
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons – Room 602
Washington, DC 20052





The Asian balance of power is shifting rapidly as a consequence of China’s rise. Though India is growing faster, the gap between India and China continues to increase and will continue to do so for a period of time. Moreover, China’s policies demonstrate a clear intent to contain India within South Asia. This forces India to debate new strategic choices, including a modified nonalignment policy and a possible strategic alliance with the United States. Some of these choices, especially India’s increasing closeness to the United States, create tensions with India’s old partners such as Russia.

At this event on October 26, Dr. Rajagopalan will present his thoughts on the future of India in Asia’s evolving balance of power, the role of the United States in Indian foreign policy, and how India’s strategic community and decision-makers should respond to this Chinese strategy of containment.

Rajesh Rajagopalan is a Professor in International Politics within the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of research interest are international relations theory, military doctrines, and nuclear weapons and disarmament. His recent books include Fighting Like a Guerrilla: The Indian Army and Counterinsurgency, Nuclear South Asia: Keywords and Concepts, and Second Strike: Arguments about Nuclear War in South Asia. He has also co-authored a chapter on India in the recent Rising Powers Initiative book Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes. His articles have appeared in a number of academic and policy journals that include, The Washington Quarterly, Contemporary Security Policy, India Review, Contemporary South Asia, Small Wars and Insurgencies, South Asia, South Asian Survey, and Strategic Analysis as well as in Indian newspapers as Economic Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Financial Express, and Hindustan Times.

Regional Cris Management: Brazil in South America

Snap Paulo, SP, BRASIL  14.09.2016 : Oliver Stuenkel. (Foto: Julia Rodrigues)

Snap Paulo, SP, BRASIL 14.09.2016 : Oliver Stuenkel. (Foto: Julia Rodrigues)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

9:00AM – 10:00AM : Breakfast and Networking
10:00AM – 12:00PM : Regional Crisis Management: Brazil in South America

Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs

Join the Brazil Initiative, The Rising Powers Initiative, and The G.W Brazilian Club in hosting Dr. Stuenkel in an open discussion on the Brazil, its role in foreign policy and the management of the consequences of the ongoing Brazilian political and economic crisis.  Dr. Stuenkel’s most recent book focuses on analyzing a new world order, interpreting the roles of the BRICS in the 21st century and their force in global affairs. With a plethora of experience and research, Dr. Stuenkel acts not only as an assistant professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), but is also the coordinator of both the executive program on International Relations and the São Paulo’s School of History and Social Science. He has also authored three other books and is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

We would also be thrilled to invite guests to a catered breakfast networking session prior to Dr. Stuenkel’s presentation, from 9:00AM to 10:00AM. This event is a great opportunity to share experiences with fellow peers, professors and Brazil experts.

ndaNuclear Debates in Asia Book Launch

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:45 PM – 2:30 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW; Room 505
Washington, DC 20052

This important book – the culmination of a two-year study by scholars at the Sigur Center’s Rising Powers Initiative – analyzes nuclear weapon and energy policies in Asia, a region at risk for high-stakes military competition, conflict, and terrorism. The contributors explore the trajectory of debates over nuclear energy, security, and nonproliferation in key countries: China, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and other states in ASEAN. Arguing against conventional wisdom, the contributors make a convincing case that domestic variables are far more powerful than external factors in shaping nuclear decision making.

Copies of the Rising Powers Initiative’s new book, Nuclear Debates in Asia, will be available for purchase.

A select group of the book’s authors will speak at the event on what drives these discussions, where the center of gravity of debates lies in each country, and what this means for regional cooperation or competition and U.S. nuclear energy and nonproliferation policy in Asia.

  • Mike M. Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at GWU
  • Deepa M. Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of Rising Powers Initiative at GWU
  • Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea studies and Director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs at GWU

Praise for the Book:

For those of us struggling to understand and anticipate the future of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons programs in Asia, this deeply insightful and timely book reveals the critical role played by domestic forces in the region. Its contributors know well the domestic scene that is driving nuclear outcomes in each of the countries, and they make a persuasive case that these internal forces eclipse external geopolitical forces in shaping Asia’s nuclear future. This essential volume sheds new light on the Asian nuclear landscape.

Bruce Blair, Princeton University

This must-read book assembles a veritable who’s who of nuclear experts on Asia. The volume skillfully opens the black box of domestic politics across Asian nations with nuclear energy and nuclear weapons programs, tracking the balance of Nationalists, Realists, and Globalists in each and analyzing how domestic political configurations affect the nuclear policies of these Asian nations—states that comprise the most dynamic terrain in the global nuclear landscape. Each chapter should be read by anyone who cares not only about the respective state’s nuclear policies, but how it is in fact domestic politics driving them, a factor whose emphasis in these countries is long overdue.

Vipin Narang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Warning against relying on state-centric assumptions that seem more a matter of faith than empirical evidence, the volume finds that elusive ‘geopolitical’ factors are not decisive. Domestic politics mediate their actual impact. A welcome corrective for improving our understanding of nuclear futures.

Etel Solingen, University of California Irvine

This event is part of the Elliott School Book Launch series.