Worldviews International Symposium- April 25, 2011

Robert Blake, Deepa Ollapally, Rajesh Rajagopalan, and Daniel Markey

Worldviews of Rising Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates

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

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

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

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

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    • 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

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    • 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

    Listen to India panel and keynote luncheon

    • 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

    Listen to India panel and keynote luncheon

    • Keynote Speaker: Walter Russell Mead, Bard College

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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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.


    On April 25, 2011, we held an International Symposium at the Elliott School. Participants at the symposium included prominent American officials, journalists and scholars, as well as RPI experts from the US and from most of the countries covered by the project. Two hundred and ten DC-based experts, based in academia, the media, government and in think-tanks, RSVP-ed for the event. The conference sessions were televised on CSPAN. According to a survey of conference attendees we conducted after the event, over 90% of survey respondents would recommend the symposium to others. The attendees rated the overall program content of the symposium as a 4.5 on a 1 to 5 scale. Notable experts praised the RPI at the event. For example, Michael Schiffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia, Department of Defense,
    described the project as extraordinarily valuable. Walter Russell Mead, the Editor-at-Large at The American Interest, stated that the project focuses our attention on what political science is supposed to do- help policymakers and the wider public shape the debate over foreign policy.

    The conference addressed the foreign policy debates in key contemporary rising powers: China, India, Japan, Russia, and Iran. Experts identified the key foreign policy schools of thought in each of those countries, as well as their leading proponents and their institutional foundations. Furthermore, prominent international relations practitioners and professionals, based in government, think-tanks or in the media, identified and debated ways in which the schools of thought approach matters to their work.

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