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5/09/2019 Still fighting, seventy years later: the strange afterlife of World War Two in Russia and Japan

Why is World War Two so present in the politics and diplomacy of Japan and Russia?  Three panelists come together to discuss this question.

Topics: Japan, Russia, World War II

5/15/2019 India’s Indo-Pacific Vision and Ties with Japan

The Sigur Center would like to invite you to attend a conversation led by Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy on India’s Indo-Pacific Vision.

Topics: India, Indo-Pacific, Japan


Recent Events

05/06/2019 “North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths”

The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult. For decades they were infamous as the region’s most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018), examines and compares the recent histories of North Korea and Myanmar, asking how both became pariahs and why Myanmar has been able to find a path out of isolation while North Korea has not.

4/25/19: 24th Annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture - Water and the Making of Modern India

You are cordially invited to attend this year’s Annual Gaston Sigur Center Memorial Lecture with Dr. Sumil Amrith to discuss “Water and the Making of Modern India.”

4/23/19: Shared Values in U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Strengthening Democracy Through Open Governance

Taiwan’s first Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s talk will show what happens when people who grew up on the internet get their hands on the building blocks of government. As a self-described “conservative anarchist” and a so-called “white-hat hacker,” Audrey Tang will show how she works with her team to channel greater combinations of intelligence into policy-making decisions and public services delivery.

4/19/19: Creating a Life- Composing a Career: A Talk With Dr. Jennifer Hong of USDE

Please join OAS and our book talk featuring Dr. Jennifer Hong from the U.S. Department of State, who will present her book A River Han: Beloved Sa Mi. From 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Dr. Hong will discuss about her book, her career path and her current role in education policy at the U.S. Department of Education.

Topics: Book Launch, Korea, Japanese Colonialism

4/16/19: Emerging Environmental Issues in South Asia

As the nations in South Asia continue their progress in development, environmental issues are often neglected or relegated to lesser importance than economic issues. Our esteemed panel will discuss emerging issues in South Asia related to: water scarcity, renewable energy, climate mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable growth, international trade, and more.

Topics: South Asia, Environmental Studies


Sigur Center Highlights

5/1/19 “GW in the News” Double Feature of Sigur Center Affiliated Faculty

Two of Sigur Center’s affiliated faculty were highlighted in “GW in the News”: Prof. Susan Aaronson in the New York Times, and Prof. Donald Clarke in The Hill.

4/24/19 Prof. Shambaugh quoted in South China Morning Post on US and China blocking academic visas

David Shambaugh, Professor of Asian Studies at the Elliott School was quoted in a South China Morning Post on how academic discussion is now much needed between the United States and China, and halting academic visas only exacerbates the tensions. Read the full article here.

4/23/19 MA Asian Studies graduate student Jordan Link published in the China Africa Research Initiative Blog

Jordan Link, an MA Asian Studies graduate student published his article, “Chinese Lending to Africa for Military and Domestic Security Purposes” in the China Africa Research Initiative Blog on April 9th.

Jordan Link is responsible for leading the China-Africa finance database research team and conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of China-Africa trade, finance, and security affairs.  Jordan graduated from the George Washington University with an M.A. in Asian Studies.  His previous work has focused on understanding the strategic and economic challenges that China presents for the future of American foreign policy.  He holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in International Relations. 

Read the full article here.

4/20/19 GW Student Organization Global China Connection (GCC) to Host its Annual Summit on Sino-U.S. Relations

Global China Connection is a GW student org that  is hosting their annual summit on Sino-Western relations. The 2019 GCC Global Summit will be on April 20 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM. The theme of this year’s summit is: “Under Pressure: Sino-U.S. Relations on the Threshold”. See details and purchase tickets at

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