GWU’s Office of the Vice President for Research Awards $100,000 for RPI Project

GWU’s Office of the Vice President for Research Awards $100,000 for RPI Project

George Washington University’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded the Sigur Center for Asian Studies $100,000 today in support of a major research project called “Asian Powers and Economic Challenges: Impact on International Cooperation and Conflict.” This major award will fund research for two years beginning this July. This generous support from OVPR follows a previous $100,000 grant for the first phase of the “Asian Powers and Economic Challenges” project.

The new project is interdisciplinary and cuts across three GW schools – the Elliott School of International Affairs, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business – and includes seven faculty researchers from a range of departments: history, international affairs, international business, political science, and public policy and public administration.

The GW faculty investigators will conduct their research in partnership with co-researchers from Asia as well as GW student research assistants.  This grant was designed to foster the highest degree of faculty-student interaction and therefore funds have been allocated for student research assistants to accompany their faculty member to Asia to conduct field research alongside them.

Specific topics to be researched include: the rise of green industrial policy; trade, finance, and economic policy in China, Japan, and Korea; China’s monetary policy coordination with the United States; international economic relationships in India; and India’s economic relations with China.

Both phases of the Asian Powers and Economic Challenges project are part of the Sigur Center’s Rising Powers Initiative, which also explores domestic foreign policy debates in key Asian and Eurasian countries  and also examines the national identity orientations and implications for US foreign policy in much of Asia.

Edward McCord, Sigur Center for Asian Studies Director and Deepa Ollapally, Sigur Center for Asian Studies Associate Director, will serve as co-principal investigators on this project.