The project components of the first phase of the Worldviews project are as follows:

  • Regional Seminars

    Three regional seminars were held in New Delhi, Beijing, and Moscow. Project co-authors presented their research at the seminars, while scholars and policy analysts from the host country served as commentators on the presentations. The seminars drew participants and audience members from each of the principal domestic schools of thought about that country’s foreign policy, including a cross section of opinion leaders, strategic analysts, policymakers, journalists and academics. This format provided an excellent opportunity for local participants to shape ongoing national discussions about critical emerging issues with the benefit of international viewpoints the project brings.


  • International Symposium

    On April 25, 2011, the Rising Powers Initiative held our culminating International Symposium at the Elliott School to present our papers for final review and critique. 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.

  • Policy Briefings

    The RPI hosted two public Policy Briefings in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. The Briefings targeted policymakers, analysts, and media persons who focus on countries in the project. D.C.-based authors focused on implications of our research findings and policy recommendations for U.S. policymakers.

    • Worldviews of China, India and Russia: Power Shifts and Domestic Debates (September 2010)
    • Foreign Policy Debates within Rising Powers: Current Implications for the US  (March 2011)

  • Pilot Course on Rising Powers

    The RPI launched a new pilot course on Rising Powers: Rivals or Allies? in the Fall 2010 semester. The course examines the theory and practice of contemporary power shifts in Asia and Eurasia. It assesses the sources of the foreign policy perspectives within key states in the region, and it enables students to evaluate the relative likelihood of cooperation or conflict in Eurasia in the foreseeable future. In terms of empirics, the course utilizes the comparative method and it has a uniquely broad coverage as it addresses China, India, Japan and Russia. This extensive coverage was made possible by the participation of guest lecturers from the Elliott School faculty such as:

    • Henry Hale, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (GWU)
    • Mike Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur(GWU)
    • Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs (GWU)
    • David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, China Policy Program (GWU)

  • Policy Briefs

    The RPI produced 6 Policy Briefs that examine  foreign policy debates within rising powers in Asia and Eurasia.


  • Dedicated Website

    The RPI website was launched in October 2009. In September 2010, the RPI launched a blog to disseminate information to our contacts and other interested individuals about our work and about current policy relevant issues.