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3/25/2019: The Return of Bipolarity in World Politics: China and the United States

Drawing on his latest book, Professor Øystein Tunsjø will examine this new international order and its ramifications for world politics. Among the topics to be examined includes whether the United States China relationship is a zero-sum game or rather, whether the two Great Powers can coexist within the broader international system.

Topics: China, United States, Great Power Rivalry

3/28/2019: What's Up With Student Activism in India and the US Now?

For the past decade US and Indian university campuses have been embroiled in student protests against capitalist policies. In the age of hashtag activism, how have campus politics and forms of resistance changed? Can we draw some parallel between then and now? The panel debates the changing dynamics of student politics and its relationship to broader social movements in the US and India.

Topics: United States, India, Student Protests, Universities, Human Rights

4/2/19: Surviving the Right: The challenges facing Muslims in contemporary India

Muslims comprise the largest religious minority in India. Despite constitutional safeguards, poverty, marginalization, discrimination and violence is an everyday reality for the community. This situation has been exacerbated in the present political scenario where those in positions of power have either shown complicity or have actively participated in perpetuating violence and discrimination against Indian Muslims. Hate crimes against the community, including mob lynching either in the name of cow vigilantism or unabated hate speeches and repeated instances of communal violence have added to this marginalisation.

Topics: India, South Asia, Religion, Islam

4/10/19 The Bureaucratization of Islam in Christian Philippines: The Everyday Politics of ‘Halal’ at the National Commission on Muslim Filipino

With this case study in the bureaucratization of Islam in the form of the Philippine government’s National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). Fauwaz Abdul Aziz seeks to understand the ‘everyday politics’ of NCMF bureaucrats in relation to the government and private sector’s push to promote, develop and institutionalize the country’s ‘halal’ food and non-food industry as they seek to tap into the growing domestic as well as global ‘Muslim market’.

Topics: Philippines, Southeast Asia, Islam, Christianity


Recent Events

3/21/19: Crisis in Kashmir: Escalation, Opportunity or Business as Usual?

Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Rising Powers Initiative invite you to a discussion on the military confrontation between India and Pakistan in Kashmir set off by a suicide bombing killing 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force members by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The crisis seems to have receded—or has it?

Topics: India, Pakistan, Security policy

3/20/19: Japan-South Korea Relations in Crisis

Sigur Center for Asian Studies and GWIKS invite you to this program as we examine the causes and consequences of the current tensions between Tokyo and Seoul, assess the prospects for reconciliation, consider the future of bilateral security cooperation, and discuss the implications for U.S. interests and foreign policy.

Topics: Japan, South Korea, Security policy

3/19/2019: India and US: Shared Prosperity, Challenges, and Opportunities

Join us for a discussion with H.E. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Ambassador of India to the USA, in a Fireside Chat with Dr. Ajay Chibber, Chief Economic Advisor, FICCI & Visiting Scholar, IIEP at GWU, on the FICCI Report on “Envisioning India: 2030”

Topics: India, Guest Speaker, Economy

3/18/19 Book Launch: Last Days of the Mighty Mekong

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies invites you to a lecture by Brian Eyler about his seminal book, Last Days of the Mighty Mekong. Light refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public and on the record.

3/5/19: Current Events in Pakistan

Join Sigma Iota Rho, the Organization for Asian Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies as we discuss US-Pakistan relations and current events in Pakistan with Dr. Madiha Afzal, Visiting Fellow for Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development at Brookings. We will also be discussing Dr. Afzal’s latest book, Pakistan Under Seige: Extremism, Society and the State. Join us on March 5th at 7:30 pm in 1957 E Street room B12. A small reception will follow.

Topics: Pakistan, United States, US-Pakistan Relations, Book Release

3/5/2019: Lessons Learned & Unlearned: Media Coverage of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Join a discussion with Nobuyuki Okumura, currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies as he discusses the media response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan.

Topics: Japan, Tsunami, Earthquake, Media

2/28/2019: Okinawa Cultural Day 2019

The Sigur Center would like to invite you to attend this year’s Okinawa Cultural Day, filled with a lecture on the history of karate, a Kata performance, self-defense techniques, and Tameshiwari (Board Breaking Demonstration)

2/13/19 Ethics and Leadership: A Discussion with Ambassador Rich Verma

The Sigur Center and the Elliott School’s Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative cordially invite you to a lunch discussion on the ethical and leadership challenges Ambassador Rich Verma encountered throughout his career.

2/7/19 The Strategic Asia Program Presents: China's Expanding Strategic Ambitions

NBR invites you to join us for a discussion and luncheon on China’s rise and the international order to mark the release of the eighteenth volume in the Strategic Asia series: Strategic Asia 2019: China’s Expanding Strategic Ambitions, edited by Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski, and Michael Wills. 

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


Sigur Center Highlights

3/19/19 Prof. Mochizuki to moderate Okinawa Essay Contest Awards Ceremony; GW Student wins 3rd Place

Prof. Mochizuki, affiliated Sigur Center for Asian Studies faculty, will be moderating the 2019 Okinawa Essay Contest Awards Ceremony. Nina Udagawa, a sophomore majoring in International Affairs at GWU, is the 3rd Place Award recipient for her essay: “The Okinawan Amerasian Identity—A Vanguard for Japanese Multinationals”. For more information regarding the contest, please click here

This Spring Break: Prof. Janet Steele to give 3 talks in Australia

Professor Janet Steele, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs, will be traveling to Australia this spring break to give talks at the University of Sydney (March 11), Australian National University (March 13), and Monah University (March 14) on the topic of “The journalisms of Islam: contending views in Muslim Southeast Asia”.

3/12/19 Professor Paul Heer to be featured in CSIS event

Professor Paul Heer, an adjunct professor here at GW, will be a featured commentator at a CSIS event on March 12th titled “China’s 21st Century Rise in Historical Perspective.” Details about the event as well as access to the livestream can be found at this link!

3/1/19 Professor David Shambaugh quoted in Texas A&M’s “The Eagle”

Professor David Shambaugh, Professor of Asian Studies at the Elliott School, recently spoke at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Read the full article about his talk here!

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