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1/23/2019: Asia In The Middle East

Join the Sigur Center and the Institute for Middle East Studies for a discussion on the influence of Asia in the Middle East

Topics: Asia, Middle East, Politics, International Relations

1/28/2019: Race and the Epistemologies of Otherness

Join the Sigur Center in a special book talk presentation with Professor Alexa Alice Joubin, co-author of the forthcoming book Race, part of the Routledge New Critical Idiom series! Who produces knowledge about race? In what context? Race as a concept intersects with other social factors such as class, gender, and cultural citizenship to form narratives that contribute to how we think about otherness. 

Topics: Race, class, gender, cultural citizenship, identity, literature & culture


Recent Events

12/12/18 Sigur Center Taiwan Conference Series | Taiwan-US Relations: Enhancing the Terms of Engagement in Media, Business and Trade

Amidst concerns about the use of Chinese sharp power in the region, digital media literacy and disinformation in elections, and economic uncertainty from the unfolding US-China trade war, opportunities may arise for the US and Taiwan to enhance terms of cooperative engagement on issues that worry both sides. Please join the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Organization of Asian Studies for a conference with experts to discuss Taiwan-US Relations: Enhancing the Terms of Engagement in Media, Business and Trade.

Topics: US-China Relations, East Asia, Taiwan, US-Taiwan Relations

12/2/2018: LA Indonesian Film Festival (LAIFF): Sultan Agung Movie Screening

LAIFF and Permias DC will conduct a “Sultan Agung” movie screening and discussion with Hanung Bramantyo (the producer) and Marthino Lio (the actor). This movie is nominated as the best movie in the Festival Film Indonesia (FFI) 2018.

Topics: Movie Screening, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

11/27/2018 Taiwanese Citizens’ Preferences on the Future of the Country

A discussion with Mr. Fang Yu Chen to discuss how Taiwanese citizens view the future of their country and to explore the various propositions which the Taiwanese government can work towards.

Topics: Taiwan, U.S.-China Relations, Southeast Asia

11/19/18 Film Screening & Discussion: Lesbian Factory and Rainbow Popcorn

A film screening and discussion of Lesbian Factory and Rainbow Popcorn with the directors Jingru Wu and Teri Silvio

Topics: Migrant Labor Rights, LGBTQ Relationships, Southeast Asia

11/16/18 The US-China Trade Dispute: Through the Lens of Asia's Economy

The Organization of Asian Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies invite you to a discussion about the US-China trade dispute in the context of the greater Asian economy.


Sigur Center Highlights

1/15/2019: Donald Clarke, Professor of Law, Commented on the Death Sentence Given in China to a Canadian Man for Drug Smuggling

Donald Clarke, professor of law, commented on the death sentence given in China to a Canadian man for drug smuggling. View a list of articles he was quoted in here.

1/10/2019: Director Hopkins Quoted About Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Benjamin Hopkins, Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, was quoted in an article on Politifact titled “Trump Gets Facts Wrong on Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.” In it, he discusses how Afghanistan was viewed by the United States as an area of competition with the Soviet Union, and how rivalry for Afghanistan’s support developed between the two powers. Read the full article here!

1/8/2019: Professor Teitelbaum Interviewed on Ethical Clothing and American Brands

Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, was interviewed by BYURadio on the subject of ethical clothing and American brands with labor operations in Asia. Listen to the full interview here!

12/30/2018: Professor Mochizuki Quoted in The Japan Times on Assessing the CPTPP

Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and co-Director of the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific research and policy project of the Sigur Center, was quoted by The Japan Times on the subject of Japan’s role in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and how Japan can be a regional “gyroscope” amidst US-China rivalry and competition. Read the full article here!

12/13/18 Robert Sutter Quoted by The National Interest

Robert Sutter, Professor of International Affairs and Director of GW’s B.A. Program in International Affairs, was quoted in an article by The National Interest titled “What Does Growing U.S.-China Rivalry Mean for America’s Allies in Asia?” In the article, Professor Sutter discusses the evolving view U.S. policymakers have toward China in historical context. Read the full article here!

12/11/2018: David Shambaugh Talks Cycles of Chinese Politics in Podcast Interview

David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at GW, discussed the cycles of Chinese politics and analyzed current as well as potential future trends of Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy. Professor Shambaugh was interviewed by University of Virginia Professor Brad Carson on “Jaw-Jaw,” the newest addition to the War on the Rocks family of podcasts. Listen to the full interview here!

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