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Japan as a Global Power: Contending Views from Japan

Sponsored by:

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Rising Powers Initiative
Council on Foreign Relations Japan Program
MIT’s Center for International Studies

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
8:30 AM- 5:15 PM
George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW, 2nd Floor- Harry Harding Auditorium
Washington, DC 20052

8:30-9:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Speaker: Henry R. Nau (GW)

9:15-11:00
Session I: Japanese Views on National Security and Defense
Chair: Richard Samuels (MIT)

Tomoko Abe – Member of Parliament
Kan Ito – Foreign Policy Analyst
Yukio Okamoto – Senior Fellow, Center for International Studies, MIT
Kyoji Yanagisawa – Chief Director, International Geopolitics Institute, Japan

11:00- 11:15
Coffee/Tea Break

11:15- 1:00
Session II: Japanese Views on Economics, International Institutions, and Transnational Issues
Chair: Sheila Smith (CFR)

Tomoko Abe – Member of Parliament
Kan Ito – Foreign Policy Analyst
Yukio Okamoto – Senior Fellow, Center for International Studies, MIT
Kyoji Yanagisawa – Chief Director, International Geopolitics Institute, Japan

1:00-1:30
Luncheon

1:30-2:15
Keynote Address
Fred Hiatt - Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post

2:15-3:30
Session III: American Views on US-Japan Relations
Chair: TBD

Doug Bandow – Senior Fellow, CATO Institute
Daniel Kliman – Transatlantic Fellow, Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Michael Swaine – Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Daniel Twining – Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States

3:30-3:45
Coffee/Tea Break

3:45-5:00
Session IV: Japanese Reactions to American Views on US-Japan Relations
Chair: TBD

Tomoko Abe – Member of Parliament
Kan Ito – Foreign Policy Analyst
Yukio Okamoto – Senior Fellow, Center for International Studies, MIT
Kyoji Yanagisawa – Chief Director, International Geopolitics Institute, Japan

5:00-5:15
Closing Comments
Speaker: Deepa Ollapally (GW)

 

India’s Af-Pak Policy: 2014 and Beyond

Co-sponsored by the Asia Society’s Global Policy Programs and the Rising Powers Initiative

Friday, April 12, 2013
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Asia Society Washington
Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

This event is free; registration is required

With the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan in 2014 and general elections in Pakistan this May, South Asian nations are developing policies and plans for a new era in the region’s politics. In this era, India’s diplomacy is expected to play a particularly important role in shaping the region.

On April 12th, Asia Society and the George Washington University will host Ambassador Shyam Saran for remarks on “India’s Af-Pak Policy: 2014 and Beyond.” The Ambassador will also take questions.

Ambassador Shyam Saran is Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board of India. He previously served as Foreign Secretary, India’s highest ranking career diplomatic post. Subsequently, he served as Prime Minister Singh’s Special Envoy for Indo-US Civil Nuclear Issues and Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change. Ambassador Saran joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1970, serving as Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal, as well as High Commissioner to Mauritius.

To RSVP and for questions, please email AsiaDC@asiasociety.org or call 202-833-ASIA.

Japan’s Disaster Diplomacy: Fostering Military to Military Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

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

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

Through strategically evolving disaster diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan will be able to contribute to a more stable and peaceful international order in the region. Alongside principal humanitarian objectives, disaster relief operations that utilize military assets have the potential to institutionalize a framework for military to military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region where there is little tradition of multilateral security cooperation. This presentation will begin with an analysis of Japan’s current disaster diplomacy, focusing on cooperation with the United States and Southeast Asian countries, and explore China’s growing naval capabilities in disaster-related operations. With this background in place, Mr. Hideshi Futori will then discuss Japan’s strategic initiative in the field and explain how international contributions through disaster diplomacy is a crucial core concept in considering Japan’s future national vision and identity.

Mr. Hideshi Futori is a Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has been a Research Associate for the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2012 and a chairman of the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative for the 100th anniversary of cherry trees given to the United States from Japan. Also Mr. Futori worked as a Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Research Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his fellowship in the United States, Mr. Futori served as Chief of Staff at the office of Akihisa Nagashima, a House of Representatives member of Japan.

 

Russia as a Global Power: Contending Views from Russia
Monday, March 18, 2013
9:00 AM- 4:45 PM
George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor- City View Room
Washington, DC 20052

9:00-9:30 || Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 || Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Henry R. Nau (GWU)

9:45-10:45 || Session I: Russian Views on National Security and Defense

  • Chair: Cory Welt (GWU)
  • Vladislav Inozemtsev – Director, Centre for Post-Industrial Studies
  • Fyodor Lukyanov – Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs and Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Andranik Migranyan – Director, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation

10:45-11:00 || Break

11:00-12:00|| Session II: Russian Views on Economics, International Institutions, and Transnational Issues

  • Chair: Andrew Kuchins (CSIS)
  • Vladislav Inozemtsev – Director, Centre for Post-Industrial Studies
  • Fyodor Lukyanov – Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs and Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Andranik Migranyan – Director, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation

12:15-1:00 || Lunch

1:00-1:45|| Keynote Address

  • Jack Matlock - US Ambassador to the USSR (1987-1991)
  • Keynote Introduction- Henry Hale (GWU)

2:00-3:15|| Session III: American Views on US-Russian Relations

  • Chair: Igor Zevelev (MacArthur Foundation, Moscow)
  • Leon Aron – Director of Russian Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Samuel Charap – Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • E. Wayne Merry – Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
  • Paul Saunders – Executive Director, Center for the National Interest

3:15-3:30 || Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-4:30|| Session IV: Russian Reactions to American Views on US-Russia Relations

  • Chair: Henry R. Nau (GWU)
  • Vladislav Inozemtsev – Director, Centre for Post-Industrial Studies
  • Fyodor Lukyanov – Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs and Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Andranik Migranyan – Director, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation
4:30-4:45 || Closing Remarks
  • Deepa Ollapally (GWU)

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York for this Conference.

 

Regional Workshop: Energy, Nuclear, and Transit Security in Asia

Friday, January 11, 2013
Tokyo, Japan
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677
Research Meeting Room 4B (4th Floor)

Co-sponsored by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies & George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies

9:30-9:45 am- Welcome

9:45-11:15 am- Session I: Energy Markets in Asia and Eurasia

Robert WEINER (GWU), Andrew KUCHINS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) & Shoichi ITOH (Institute of Energy Economics)

Japanese Discussant: Hirofumi ARAI, Senior Research Fellow, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia

11:15-11:30 am- Coffee Break

11:30 am-1:00 pm- Session II: Energy Security in Japan and Korea

Mike MOCHIZUKI (GWU), Richard SAMUELS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), & Scott SNYDER (Council on Foreign Relations)

Japanese Discussants: Shoichi ITOH, Manager and Senior Analyst, Strategy Research Unit, Institute of Energy Economics; Kazumine AKIMOTO, Rear Admiral (ret.); Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Foundation; & Narushige MICHISHITA,  Associate Professor and Director, Security and International Studies Program, GRIPS

1:00-2:45 pm- Session III, Working Lunch: Energy Security in China and India

Robert SUTTER (GWU), Deepa OLLAPALLY (GWU), & Sudha MAHALINGAM (Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board)

Japanese Discussants:  Bonji OHARA,  Defense Security Analyst and Captain (ret.), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces & Tetsuo KOTANI, Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

2:45-4:15 pm- Session IV: Energy Security in Asia: Perspectives from Washington

Charles GLASER (GWU) and Robert SUTTER (GWU)

Japanese Discussant: Kunihiko MIYAKE, Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies

4:15-4:30 pm- Closing

 

Regional Roundtable: Energy Security in East Asia

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
China University of Petroleum
18 Fuxue Road, Changping, 102249
Beijing, China

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Roundtable Discussion
12:00 – 1:00 PM Luncheon

Dr. Mike MOCHIZUKI
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Dr. WANG Zhen
Professor and Executive Dean
Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum

Dr. Robert SUTTER
Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Dr. WANG Mingye
Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science, China University of Petroleum

Dr. Robert WEINER
Professor of International Business, Public Policy and Public Administration, & International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Dr. XU Bin
Associate Professor
Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum

Chair: Mr. SUN Xudong
Director, International Office, China University of Petroleum

 

Regional Workshop: Energy, Nuclear, and Transit Security in Asia

Monday, January 7, 2013
Beijing, China
Lakeview Hotel – Da Xue Tang Conference Room 4 (B1 level)
127 Zhongguancun North Road, Haidian District

Co-sponsored by Peking University’s Center for International Strategic Studies & George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies

9:00-9:15 am- Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

9:15-9:30 am- Welcome

Speaker: WANG Jisi, Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University; Director, Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University

9:30-10:15 am- Session I: Energy Markets in Asia

Presenter: Robert WEINER (GWU)

Discussant: GAO Shixian, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission

10:15-11:45 am- Session II: Energy Security in Japan and Korea

Japan Presenters: Mike MOCHIZUKI (GWU) & Richard SAMUELS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Japan Discussant: LIU Xiaoli, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute, NDRC; Co-director, China-Europe Clean Energy Center

Korea Presenter: Scott SNYDER (Council on Foreign Relations)

Korea Discussant: JIN Yingji, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

11:45 am-12:45 pm- Lunch and Keynote Address

Speaker: HAN Wenke, President, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission

1:00-2:30 pm- Session III: Energy Security in India and Russia

India Presenters: Deepa OLLAPALLY (GWU) & Sudha MAHALINGAM (Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board)

India Discussant: ZHAO Gancheng, Senior Research Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Russia Presenters: Andrew KUCHINS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) & Shoichi ITOH (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)

Russia Discussant: ZHANG Jun, Natural Gas Cooperation Division Director, China-Russia Cooperation Department

2:30-2:45 pm- Coffee break

2:45-4:15 pm- Session IV: Energy Security in China

Presenters: Robert SUTTER (GWU) & ZHA Daojiong (Peking University)

Discussant: WANG Zhen, Professor, Executive Dean of Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum, Beijing

4:15-5:15 pm- Session V: Implications for US Foreign Policy and Prospects for US-Asia Relations

Panelists: Charles GLASER (GWU), Robert SUTTER (GWU), & ZHA Daojiong (Peking University)

 

China as a Global Power: Contending Views from China
Thursday, November 15, 2012
9:00 AM- 4:45 PM
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

9:00-9:30 || Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 || Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Henry R. Nau (GWU)

9:45-10:45 || Session I: Chinese Views on National Security and Defense

  • Chair: David Shambaugh (GWU)
  • Shen Dingli- Executive Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
  • Zhu ChenghuMajor General & Professor, PLA National Defense University
  • Zhu Liqun- Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University

10:45-11:00 || Break

11:00-12:00|| Session II: Chinese Views on Economics, International Institutions, and Transnational Issues

  • Chair: Robert Sutter (GWU)
  • Shen Dingli- Executive Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
  • Zhu ChenghuMajor General & Professor, PLA National Defense University
  • Zhu Liqun- Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University

12:15-1:00 || Lunch

1:00-1:45|| Keynote Address

  • Jane Harman - Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 

2:00-3:15|| Session III: American Views on US-China Relations

  • Chair: Henry R. Nau (GWU)
  • Dan Blumenthal- Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Ted CarpenterSenior Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, CATO Institute
  • Michael Swaine- Senior Associate, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

3:15-3:30 || Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-4:30|| Session IV: Chinese Responses to American Views on US-China Relations

  • Chair: J. Stapleton Roy (WWICS)
  • Shen Dingli- Executive Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
  • Zhu ChenghuMajor General & Professor, PLA National Defense University
  • Zhu Liqun- Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University
4:30-4:45 || Closing Remarks
  • Deepa Ollapally (GWU)

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York for this Conference.

 

Power, Identity, and Security in Asia: Views on Regional Cooperation and the U.S. Role
Monday, April 16, 2012
9:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
Elliott School of International Affairs

9:00-9:20 || Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:20-9:30 || Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Deepa Ollapally- Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies & Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, GWU
9:30-10:30 || Session I: Power and Identity in India
  • Alyssa Ayres- Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department (Chair)
  • Deepa OllapallyAssociate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies & Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, GWU (Presenter)
  • Amitabh Mattoo- Professor of Disarmament Studies,  Jawaharlal Nehru University &  Director, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne (Presenter)
  • Jonah BlankSenior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation (Discussant)
10:30-11:30 || Session II: Power and Identity in Japan
  • Edward J. Lincoln- Professorial Lecturer, GWU (Chair)
  • Mike Mochizuki- Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU (Presenter)
  • Isao Miyaoka- Associate Professor of International Politics, Department of Political Science, Keio University (Presenter)
  • Sheila Smith- Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (Discussant)

11:30-12:30 ||Session III: Power and Identity in Korea

  • Thomas Hubbard- McLarty Associates & Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (Chair)
  • Gregg Brazinsky- Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GWU (Presenter) 
  • Jong-dae Shin- Associate Professor, University of North Korean Studies (Presenter)
  • Ji-Young Lee- Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University(Discussant)
12:30-1:45 || Luncheon and Keynote Address
  • Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
2:00-3:00 || Session IV: Power and Identity in ASEAN
  • Satu LimayeDirector, East-West Center in Washington (Chair)
  • Amitav Acharya- Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University (Presenter)
  • Allan Layug- Japanese Government Scholar, Sophia University, Japan (Presenter)
  • Alice Ba- Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware (Discussant)
3:00-4:00 || Session V: Power and Identity in China
  • Evan Medeiros-Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council (Chair)
  • Allen Carlson- Associate Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University (Presenter)
  • Taylor Fravel- Associate Professor of Political Science, MIT (Discussant)
4:00-4:15 || Coffee/Tea Break
4:15-5:00 || Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy: Liberal Internationalist and Realist Views

Keynote Speakers:

  • G. John Ikenberry- Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Charles Glaser- Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU

5:00-5:05 || Closing Remarks

  • Mike Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
5:05-5:30 || Conference Reception
 
Myanmar in Transition: New Dynamics between ASEAN and Yangon

Transnational Asia Lecture Series

Monday, March 19, 2012
12:00 – 12:30 PM Luncheon
12:30 – 2:00 PM Presentation and Discussion
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Amitav Acharya
Professor of International Relations, American University

David Steinberg
Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University

Christina Fink, Discussant
Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

Deepa Ollapally, Moderator
Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Although the situation remains highly uncertain, the pace with which Myanmar has rolled out reforms in the last few months has taken many long-time Myanmar watchers and policymakers in Southeast Asia, Washington, and elsewhere, by surprise. This panel of three Myanmar and ASEAN experts will examine the new dynamics in the relationship between ASEAN and Burma, as well as suggest specific policies that influential external actors like ASEAN and the United States, may use to engage the regime in Yangon.

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation for this Policy Briefing.

 

China’s International Energy Strategies: Global and Regional Implications

Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Transnational Asia Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
12:30-1:45 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Philip Andrews-Speed
Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States;
Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Llewelyn HughesDiscussant: Llewelyn Hughes
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

China is now a major player in the international energy arena. Imports of all forms of energy are increasing; national energy companies are investing around the world; and the government is active in different forms of energy diplomacy. These behaviors are driven by a range of interests from within and outside China. The external political consequences are rather greater than the economic ones, and vary around the world. China is a key player, along with Japan, in the progress of energy cooperation in East Asia.

PHILIP ANDREWS-SPEED was, until 2010, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. The focus of his research has been on energy policy, regulation and reform in China, and on the interface between energy policy and international relations. His books include Energy Policy and Regulation in the People’s Republic of China (Kluwer Law International, 2004) and China, Oil and Global Politics with Roland Dannreuther (Routledge, 2011). The Governance of Energy in China: Transition of a Low-Carbon Economy will be published by Palgrave MacMillan later in 2012.

 

India as a Global Power: Contending Views from India

Co-sponsored with the Rising Powers Initiative and the Center for a New American Security

Monday, January 23, 2012
9:00 AM- 4:45 PM
City View Room
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

9:00-9:30 am- Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 am- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Speakers: Henry R. Nau (GWU) and Nate Fick (CNAS)

9:45-10:45 am- Session I: Indian Views on National Security and Defense

Chair: Deepa Ollapally (GWU)

  • Mani Shankar Aiyar – Member of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha (Council of States)
  • Bharat Karnad – Research Professor in National Security Studies, Centre for Policy Research
  • Lalit Mansingh - Former Foreign Secretary of India and Ambassador to the United States
  • TN Ninan – Chairman and Chief Editor, Business Standard

10:45-11:00 am- Break

Chair: Richard Fontaine (CNAS)

  • Mani Shankar Aiyar – Member of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha (Council of States)
  • Bharat Karnad – Research Professor in National Security Studies, Centre for Policy Research
  • Lalit Mansingh - Former Foreign Secretary of India and Ambassador to the United States
  • TN Ninan – Chairman and Chief Editor, Business Standard

12:15-1:00 pm- Luncheon

1:00- 1:45 pm- Keynote Address: Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the United States

2:00-3:15 pm- Session III: American Views on US-India Relations

Chair: Henry R. Nau (GWU)

  • Doug Bandow – Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Sadanand Dhume – Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • George Perkovich – Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Dan Twining – Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States

3:15-3:30 pm- Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-4:30 pm- Session IV: Views from the Obama Administration on the Indo-US Relationship

Moderator: Ed Luce (Financial Times)

  • Robert O. Blake – Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia
  • Robert Scher – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

4:30-4:45 pm- Closing Remarks

Speakers: Deepa Ollapally (GWU) and Richard Fontaine (CNAS)

Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/indiajan23 by Thursday, January 19, 2012.

 

U.S. and Korean Perspectives on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Transnational Asia Lecture Series

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Wednesday, Devember 14, 2011
1957 E Street, NW, Room 505
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Yoon-shik Park
Professor of International Finance, GWU

Kim Ghee-wan
Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Commentator: Gregg Brazinsky
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GWU

Congress passed the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) on October 12, 2011. The United States and the Republic of Korea had signed the KORUS FTA in June 2007. In December 2010, the U.S. and Korea concluded new agreements, reflected in letters signed in February 2011 that provided new market access and leveled the playing field for U.S. auto manufacturers and workers. The Agreement is the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement in more than 16 years.

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation for this Policy Briefing.

 


India’s Energy Security Challenges: An Insider’s View

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Thursday, December 1, 2011
12:00 – 12:30 Luncheon
12:30 – 2:00 Lecture
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Sudha Mahalingam
Member, India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board

Discussant: Llewelyn Hughes
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Discussant: Robert Weiner
Professor of International Business, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs

An energy-intensive growth paradigm driven primarily by fossil fuels, notably imported hydrocarbons, is a formidable challenge to India’s growth ambitions. Excessive dependence on the Middle East Persian Gulf region for hydrocarbon imports and increasing dependence on polluting coal to generate electricity exacerbates India’s vulnerability. More than half of India’s rural households do not have connectivity to the electric grid. India’s policy makers have to grapple with the twin challenge of providing a modicum of energy security to its billion-plus population even as she does so in a sustainable and environmentally clean manner. How does India plan to cope with these challenges? Sudha Mahalingam will discuss the measures already under way, identify the gaps in policy and implementation, and outline the way forward.

SUDHA MAHALINGAM has been specializing in India’s energy security for over two decades. As Member of India’s National Security Advisory Board, she provided policy inputs to India’s Prime Minister through the National Security Advisor. As an energy regulator, she is entrusted with the responsibility of regulating India’s hydrocarbon sector. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Delft University, The Netherlands. Her areas of interest include energy geopolitics, energy security, energy policy, reforms, energy markets and energy regulation. Prior to her current assignment, Sudha Mahalingam held the prestigious Senior Fellowship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi, India where she contributed to shaping the country’s discourse on energy security. In 2007, Sudha was awarded the first K.Subrahmanyam award for excellence in strategic studies by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India’s leading strategic studies think-tank.

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a Centers and Institutes Facilitating Fund (CIFF) grant from the GWU Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) for this Policy Briefing.

 

China, Russia, and the Existing World Order: Seeking to Overthrow the Status Quo or Merely Pursuing Advantage within It?

Co-sponsored with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Rising Powers Initiative

Monday, November 21, 2011
3:00 – 6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Panel I:
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“Muslim Administration in Non-Arab Peripheries: Russia, China, India, and Turkey”
Kimitaka Matsuzato, Hokkaido University

The world is de-secularizing. Today’s religious revival grew out of religion’s public function, not its appeal for personal faith. In contrast to Catholicism and Orthodoxy, Islam does not request a definite organizational structure of congregation, and is able to adapt itself to any political regime. In other words, comparing Muslim administration in these four countries has more significance than a mere minority study. Through this prism we may identify fundamental features of the four political regimes.

“The Power and Limitations of Dominant Party Control: United Russia, the Chinese Communist Party, and the Indian Congress in Comparative Perspective”
Atsushi Ogushi, Osaka University of Law and Economics
Yuko Adachi, Sophia University

Conventional wisdom states that political parties are essential for making a political order. In regional powers with a huge territory, massive population, diverse ethnic groups, rapidly growing economies and swiftly changing social conditions, dominant parties have been a useful mechanism for containing the centrifugal forces. Understanding this, the panelists will discuss the functions of dominant parties in Eurasia and their limitations.

Discussants: Marlene Laruelle, IERES; Deepa Ollapally, Sigur Center

Panel II:
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“Growth in the International Reserves of Russia: Implications for the World Economic System”
Shinichiro Tabata, Hokkaido University

Major regional powers in Eurasia, i.e., Russia, China, and India, accumulated substantial foreign reserves during the 2000s, which has led to the revival of the Bretton Woods international monetary system. Although the costs of this accumulation are enormous, there is a fair possibility that this system will continue in the near future.

“Comparison of Trade Liberalizations in Russia, China, and India”
Yugo Konno, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.

Russia, China and India all introduced a broad trade liberalization at the beginning of the 1990s. However, the paces of reform differed considerably from one country to the next. Yugo Konno will compare the trade liberalizations in the three countries through an analysis of trade performances.

Discussant: Jiawen Yang, GWU Business School

 


Chinese Views of China’s Role in Global Governance

Subnational Asia Lecture Seriesco-sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
12:30 – 1:45 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Yan Xuetong
Dean, Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University

Chinese people take their country’s rise as a given. At the same time, it is difficult for them to express confidence in this rise because China lacks a strong ideology with which to frame and support it. Both the government and the people agree that their country’s soft power is much weaker than that of the United States, and they understand it will be more difficult for China to catch up with the United States in this area than in areas of material capability. Chinese scholars are divided into two groups on the issue of improving China’s soft power. One group stresses the role of political power and the other emphasizes cultural power.

Yan Xuetong is the Dean of The Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University and the Chief Editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is Vice Chairman of the China Association of International Relations Studies and the China Association of American Studies and a member of the Consultation Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, PRC.

 


Implications of Emerging Space Cooperation Dynamics in Asia

Transnational Lecture Series — Co-sponsored with The Space Policy Institute, Rising Powers Initiative, and Secure World Foundation

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
12:00 – 12:30 PM Luncheon
12:30 – 1:45 PM Lecture
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Dinesh Kumar Yadavendra
Visiting Scholar, The Space Policy Institute

In today’s world, space technology has become a crucial tool to achieve economic and national security objectives. Consequently, growing economic aspirations and national security concerns are driving greater interest in space. The three emerging Asian space powers – China, Japan and India – are entering into space cooperation agreements with more established space powers to further enhance their space capabilities, while at the same time leading their own regional space cooperation organisations to promote space technology and its application in the Asia-Pacific Region. An environment of conflict, competition, and cooperation in space in Asia has resulted in the steady increase in use of space in the recent years. Space cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region is leading to significant changes, having wide-ranging strategic, economic and space sustainability implications.

Dinesh Kumar Yadavendra was an Advisor at the Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff (HQIDS), New Delhi under the Indian Ministry of Defense, before joining the Space Policy Institute in June 2011. As an Advisor, he was involved with Policy, Planning & Force Development issues including those related to space activities. Prior to HQIDS he worked in various responsible capacities with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) where he gained wide multi-disciplinary experience. In between he also served as a Deputy Director in the Indian Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi. Mr Yadavendra holds a Master of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a Master of Business Administration in International Business.

 

MacArthur Asia Security Initiative 2011 Annual Meeting

June 12, 2011
Lakeview Hotel, Peking University
Beijing, China

The MacArthur Asia Security Initiative recently held its annual meeting in Beijing, China. The event presented scholars with the opportunity to engage in personal, interactive and in-depth discussions about a range of significant issues concerning the Asia-Pacific region. RPI participant Daqing Yang (GWU) participated in a panel session entitled, “Rising Powers, Power Shift and Regional Security Impacts.” Other panel participants included:

  • Prof. Sook-joong Lee, President of EAI, Korea;
  • Prof. John Ravenhill, Australian National University, Australia;
  • Roy Kamphausen, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR);
  • Director Dipankar Banerjee, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi, India);
  • Ms. Joan Diamond, Nautilus Institute, University of San Francisco;
  • Major General Muniruzzaman, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies

Prof. Yang’s discussion explored commonalities and differences between the values and world views of Japan, China, South Korea and India. It also examined the potential security impact of these values and world views on the United States’ involvement in the region. Click here to view a copy of the conference agenda.

 

Worldviews of Rising Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates

Monday, April 25, 2011
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City View Room
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor

8:30-9:00- Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 am- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Speakers: Henry R. Nau (GWU) and Deepa Ollapally (GWU)

9:30-10:30 am Session I: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China

  • Chair: Evan Medeiros, Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council
  • Presenters: Professors David Shambaugh (GWU)
  • Discussant: David Lampton, Johns Hopkins University

10:30-11:30 am Session II: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in Japan

  • Chair: Michael Schiffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia
  • Presenters: Professors Richard Samuels (MIT) & Narushige Michishita (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan)
  • Discussant: Sheila A. Smith, Council on Foreign Relations

11:30 am -12:30 pm Session III: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in India

  • Chair: Robert O. Blake Jr., Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
  • Presenters: Professors Deepa Ollapally (GWU) & Rajesh Rajagopalan (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Discussant: Daniel Markey, Council on Foreign Relations

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch

  • Keynote Speaker: Walter Russell Mead, Bard College

2:00-3:00 pm Session IV: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in Russia

  • Chair: Jim Hoagland, Washington Post
  • Presenters: Drs. Andrew Kuchins (CSIS) & Igor Zevelev (MacArthur- Moscow)
  • Discussant: Thomas Graham, Kissinger & Associates

3:00-4:00 pm Session V: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in Iran

  • Chair: Barbara Slavin, The Atlantic Council
  • Presenters: Professors Farideh Farhi (University of Hawaii-Manoa)
  • Discussant: Gary Sick, Columbia University

4:00-4:15 pm Coffee/Tea Break

4:15-6:00 pm Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Chairs: Professors Henry R. Nau (GWU) and Deepa Ollapally (GWU)
  • Keynote Discussants: Thomas R. Pickering, Hills and Company and Career Ambassador; David Sanger, New York Times

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation for this Symposium.

 


Identity and Rising Asian Powers: Implications for Regional Cooperation

Presented by The Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Rising Powers Initiative

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Thursday, April 14, 2011
12:00-2:00pm
Lindner Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

Allen Carlson
China
Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Mike Mochizuki
Japan
Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Associate Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, The George Washington University

Deepa Ollapally
India
Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Moderator: Shawn McHale, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation for this Policy Briefing.

 


Foreign Policy Debates within Rising Powers: Current Implications for the US

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

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
12:00 – 12:30 PM: Buffet Luncheon
12:30-2:00 PM: Briefing
State Room
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor

Andrew Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Russia

Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
India

David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, China Poliy Program, The George Washington University
China

Moderator: Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science & International Affairs

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation for this Policy Briefing.

 

Comparative Diaspora Politics: The Cases of China and India

Nikola Mirilovic, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Professorial Lecturer, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

February 24, 2011

11am

The Centre for International Politics, Organisation, and Disarmament (CIPOD), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
New Delhi, India

The SIgur Center gratefully acknowledges the Carnegie Corporation of New York for support of this presentation.

 

Identity and Asian Powers: What Does it Mean for Regional Cooperation?

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

February 21, 2011

10 am-6 pm

India International Centre
New Delhi, India

February 22,2011

Panel at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 10:00-12 Noon

The SIgur Center gratefully acknowledges the MacArthur Foundation’s Asia Security Initiative for support of this conference and the project on “Power and Identity in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation.”

 


China’s Development Cooperation in Africa

Co-sponsored by GW-CIBER and the Institute for International Economic Policy

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Thursday, February 3, 2011
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Room 505

Dr. Yan Wang is Research Coordinator, OECD-DAC-China Study Group and Senior Economist at WBI, World Bank Office Beijing. She has authored /coauthored a number of publications including” Corporate Governance among China’s Stock-holding Companies,” “The Quality of Growth: Fiscal Policy for Better Results” 2008, “Sources of China’s Economic Growth 1952-2000″ and “The Quality of Growth (2000).” She has received several awards including the SUN Yefang Award in Economics (the highest award in economics in China). In the past few years, a key focus of her work has been on South-South learning. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and taught economics as an assistant professor before joining the World Bank.

 


Obama’s Asian Journey: Prospects for U.S. Policy

Co-sponsored by the Asia Society

 

 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Lindner Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor

President Barack Obama’s 10-day trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan encompasses a G-20 summit, an Asian-Pacific Economic Council summit, major holidays in India and Indonesia, as well as four presidential news conferences. A panel of George Washington University experts will provide commentary on the significance of Obama’s visit to Asia and prospects for U.S. policy in the region.

Deepa Ollapally (India): Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Alasdair Bowie (Indonesia): Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Gregg A. Brazinsky (Korea): Associate Professor of History and International Affairs

Mike Mochizuki (Japan): Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Moderated by Shawn McHale: Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

 

Worldviews of Aspiring Powers- Moscow Conference

Thursday, November 11, 2010

  • Public event at Carnegie Endowment Office (12pm-3pm)
  • Event at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Friday, November 12, 2010

  • All day conference at the Marriott Tverskaya hotel (10am-6pm)

 

State Capitalism and Foreign Direct Investment: Are Chinese and Indian Companies Buying Up the World’s Oil?

Robert Weiner, Professor of International Business & International Affairs, The George Washington University

Presented by the Department of International Business, Department of Finance, and the Rising Powers Initiative

Friday, October 22, 2010
12:00-1:30
Duques Hall, 520
2201 G Street NW

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation and the MacArthur Foundation for this Research Seminar

Dr. Robert J. Weiner teaches international finance, economics, and strategy. He is concurrently Associate Director of GEFRI (Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute), a GW chartered research center, and Membre Associe, GREEN (Groupe de Recherche en Economie de l’Energie et des Ressources Naturelles), Departement d’economique, Universite Laval, Quebec. He received his PhD in 1986, and has been at GW since 1994, serving as Chairman of the International Business Department from 2001-2005.

Professor Weiner has been Research Fellow in the International Energy Program, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and consultant to the International Petroleum Exchange; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. International Trade Commission; the Harvard Institute for International Development; the World Bank; and private clients. He has won research awards from the Ministere des Affaires Internationales, Quebec; Resources for the Future; the Columbia Center for the Study of Futures Markets; and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Professor Weiner has authored or coauthored four books (Energy and Environment; Oil Shock; Oil and Money; and Oil Markets in a Turbulent Era), and more than fifty articles on environmental and natural resource economics, focusing on energy security, risk management, and oil and gas markets and companies. His articles have appeared in scholarly business and economics journals such as the Journal of Business, Journal of International Business Studies, and Economic Journal.

 

Indo-U.S. Relations: An Evolving Partnership

Featuring Ambassador Meera Shankar, India’s Ambassador to the United States

Presented by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ India Initiative, the Elliott School for International Affairs’ Ambassadors Forum and the Distinguished Women in International Affairs Series

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
6:00 – 6:30 PM: Reception
6:30-7:30 PM: Program
City View Room
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor

The Distinguished Women in International Affairs series is presented with the generous support of Jack and Pam Cumming.

Worldviews of China, India and Russia: Power Shifts and Domestic Debate

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
12:00 – 12:30 PM: Buffet Luncheon
12:30-2:00 PM: Briefing
City View Room
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor

Andrew Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Russia

Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
India

David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, China Poliy Program, The George Washington University
China

Moderator: Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science & International Affairs

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation for this Policy Briefing.

 

MacArthur Asia Security Initiative 2010 Annual Meeting – Seoul Korea

Wednesday July 7th – Friday July 9th, 2010

 

Regional Seminar in Beijing: Sigur Center-CFAU Seminar

Power, Identity and Regional Cooperation in Asia”

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

 

Regional Seminar in Beijing: CFAU-Sigur Center for Asian Studies Seminar

“Understanding Foreign Policy Perspectives within Rising Powers”

Monday, May 17th, 2010

 

Identity Shifts in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation

Policy Briefing- Tuesday, April 27, 2010
12:00-12:30- Buffet Luncheon
12:30-2:00- Briefing
Lindner Family Commons

The Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

“Korea: National Identity, State Identity and Security” – Gregg Brazinsky
Associate Professor of History & International Affairs, The George Washington University

“China: National Identity in Flux?”- Allen Carlson
Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

“Japan: Balancing Between the United States and Asia”- Mike Mochizuki
Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Associate Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, The George Washington University

“India: The Ambiguous Rising Power”- Deepa Ollapally
Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Moderator: Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science & International Affairs

The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation for this Policy Briefing.

 

Rising Powers Public Launch- Reflections on Identity, Security, and the U.S. Role in Asia

featuring Peter Katzenstein

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 5:30-7:00 pm

City View Room
The Elliott School of International Affairs
7th Floor, 1957 E Street

 

IPCS-Sigur Center for Asian Studies Seminar

“Worldviews of India as a Global Power

Monday, January 4, 2010, 3-5 pm

Conference Room No 2
India International Center, Main
40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi -110003

Chair: Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Dipankar Banerjee
Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

Panelists:
“New Discourse on India as an Economic Power”
Dr. Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
“Strategic and Military Thinking on India’s Global Rise”
Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan, Professor and Chair, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University
“Comparing Domestic Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy Approaches
to India and China”
Dr. Nikola Mirilovic, Research Associate, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

 

Regional Seminar in New Delhi- Sigur Center-ORF Interaction on

“Understanding Foreign Policy Drivers in Rising India”
Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 11:00-1:30 PM (lunch from 1:30-2:30 pm)

Conference Room, ORF Campus, 20 Rouse Avenue
New Delhi 110 002

Speakers include:

  • Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
  • Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Nikola Mirilovic, Research Associate, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
IDSA-Sigur Center for Asian Studies Seminar

Tuesday, January 5, 3:30-5:30 pm

1, Development Enclave, (near USI)
Rao Tula Ram Marg
New Delhi 110 010

Speakers include:

  • Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
  • Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Nikola Mirilovic, Research Associate, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU

 

The Strange Rise of Modern India
Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:30-1:45 pm

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor

  • Edward Luce, Washington commentator, the Financial Times

Edward Luce is the Washington commentator for the Financial Times and was previously the paper’s South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi. He
worked for two years as a speechwriter for former Treasury Secretary Laurence Summers. He studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford. He is the author of the book In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India (2006).

 

Context Shapes Theory: Distinctive Trajectories of IR Scholarship in Asia
Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 12:30-1:45 pm

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor

  • Muthiah Alagappa, Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center

Please send RSVP to: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, organization/GW affiliation, and e-mail by Monday, Novermber 23.

 

Rising India’s Great Power Burden
Monday, November 16, 2009, 12:30-1:45 pm

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor

  • C. Raja Mohan, Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress

C. Raja Mohan holds the Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, during 2009-10. He is also the Foreign Affairs Columnist for The Indian Express, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His columns appear in theYomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo) and the Oriental Morning Post (Shanghai). Earlier, Mohan was Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He also served as the Strategic Affairs Editor of the Indian Expressin New Delhi, and the Diplomatic Editor and Washington Correspondent of The Hindu . Mohan was a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace during 1992-93. He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board from 1998 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2006. Mohan was a member of the UN Inter-Governmental Expert Group on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space from 1991 to ’92. His recent books include Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India’s New Foreign Policy (New York: Palgrave, 2004) and Impossible Allies: Nuclear India, United States and the Global Order (New Delhi: India Research Press, 2006). He is finishing a new book on the Sino-Indian Maritime Rivalry in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

 

Obama from a Southeast Asian Perspective

Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:30 – 1:45 PM
Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor

Amitav Acharya, Professor, International Relations and Chair, ASEAN Study Center, American University

Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations at American University and Chair of its ASEAN Studies Center. He is the author, most recently, ofConstructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 2nd edition(Routledge, 2009); and Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2009). The new edition of his book, The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia (Oxford, 2000) will be published in 2010 by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and Cornell University Press.

 

Emerging Powers in Asia: Are These Post-Colonial Informal Empires?

Monday, September 28, 2009
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

Dibyesh Anand, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster

Dr. Dibyesh Anand is a Reader (Associate Professor) in international relations at Westminster University in London. His publications are in the areas of Global Politics, Tibet, China, Hindu Nationalism, and Security. He is the author ofGeopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear (Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming). He is currently working on a book China’s Tibet, a research project on Sino-Indian border regions, and majority-minority relations in India and China.

 

The Changing World and China-U.S. Relations

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

Amb. Wu Jianmin, Member, Foreign Policy Advisory Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China

Ambassador Wu is currently Vice Chairman of the China Institute of Strategy and Management (CISM), Professor at China Foreign Affairs University, Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the People’s Republic of China, Member and Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences and Honorary President of the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE). From 2003 to 2008, Ambassador Wu served as President of the China Foreign Affairs University, Executive Vice President of the China National Association for International Studies, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Spokesman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. From 2003 to 2007, Ambassador Wu served as President of the International Bureau of Expositions, the first Asian to take up the post. Earlier, he served as China’s Ambassador to France (1998-2003); to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and to other international organizations in Switzerland (1996-1998); and to the Netherlands (1994-1995). Ambassador Wu graduated from the Department of French at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and from 1959 to 1971, interpreted numerous times for Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. In 1971 he became a member of China’s first delegate to the United Nations. He was awarded the honor of Knight of the Foreign Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac in 2003.