Book Discussion: Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified Discontent in India

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative’s Asian Economic Challenges series

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052


Rina Agarwala, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified Discontent in India examines the growing group of “informal” or “precarious” workers who are unregulated and have no labor rights. Rina Agarwala investigates how these vulnerable workers are organizing to improve their livelihoods in India. Drawing upon 300 personal interviews with women workers in construction and tobacco, she finds–contrary to the existing literature–that these workers are launching an innovative movement to assert their rights.

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Beyond Pakistan: New Delhi’s policy toward Afghanistan and Central Asia With Dr. Jean-Luc Racine

Sponsored By
Elliott School’s Central Asia Program 
The Rising Powers Initiative

This event is made possible by generous support from the MacArther Foundation

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412,
Voesar Conference Room

Dr. Jean-Luc Racine is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, working at the Centre for South Asian Studies, at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. He is also the Director of the Science Policy at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Vice–President of the Paris–based think tank Asia Centre ( His research is focused on three correlated issues: the dynamics of transformation of contemporary India; India’s foreign and security policies and its attempts at reshaping the new world order; and geopolitics of South Asia, particularly its most sensitive issues: Pakistan strategic paradigm, India–Pakistan relations and Kashmir.

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Asia’s Economic Challenges: Research Findings and Outlook

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Rising Powers Initiative

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Luncheon: 12:00-12:30pm
PM Panel Discussion: 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

“Asian Overseas Oil Investment”
Robert Weiner, Professor of International Business, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs, GWU

“Responses to the Rise in China’s Solar Exports – Europe and Japan Compared”
Llewelyn Hughes, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU

“A Comparative Study of Monetary Policy Transmission between China and the United States”
Jiawen Yang, Professor of International Business and International Affairs, GWU

“The India-China Divergence? Economic Partners and Strategic Rivals”
Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU

Ed McCord, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU

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