The Sigur Center for Asian Studies strives to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asia; promote US-Asian scholarly interaction; and educate a new generation of students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers.

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Through an active program of publishing, teaching, public events, and policy engagement, the Sigur Center offers the largest Asian Studies program in metro DC, with 60+ affiliated faculty. Together with GWIKS, Sigur supports the East Asia National Resource Center, a Title VI center of academic excellence. Sigur also administers the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies awards, which funds GW students to intensively study Japanese, Korean, or Chinese.

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Deepa M. Ollapally

Deepa M. Ollapally

Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Director of the Rising Powers Initiative; and Research Professor of International Affairs

Dr. Ollapally successfully applied for and secured two grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation (SMF) through the Rising Powers Initiative and the US Department of State (DOS) through the Sigur Center. The $198,000 will support “Big Power Competition for Influence in the Indian Ocean Region” (July 2020 – December 2021) and “Shared Values and Worldviews in US-India Relations” (November 2020 – November 2021) for SMF and DOS, respectively. The DOS grant is an outcome of Sigur Center staff’s dedicated research and funding support available to affiliated faculty, visiting scholars, and MA Asian Studies students.

The projects will result in a book on the changing patterns of geopolitical influence by major powers in the Indian Ocean theater from 2010-20; several policy publications; a series of public and private seminars and workshops conducted in India or virtually; and a university partnership with Christ University in Bangalore, India.

Sigur Center for Asian Studies

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