Graphic: Speaker at Podium addressing audience, Text: Sigur Center Lecture Series for Asian Studies

01/14/2020: Rising U.S.-Iran Tensions after Suleimani’s Assassination: Implications for Asia and Indo-Pacific Security with The Diplomat’s Prashanth Parameswaran

Graphic: Speaker at podium addressing an audience, Text: Sigur Center Lecture Series for Asian Studies

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Room 505

Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

While the dust is still settling from the recent killing of Qassem Suleimani and the fallout for Washington’s approach to Iran and the Middle East, the development also holds significance for the wider Indo-Pacific region as well as the Trump administration’s approach to it in the face of its focus on great power competition focused on China and Russia.

In this talk, Prashanth Parameswaran, Senior Editor at The Diplomat and fellow at the Wilson Center, will explore the implications of the recent development and rising U.S.-Iran relations for key regional countries and for Washington‘s evolving foreign policy approach. The talk will also touch on what we might expect for the rest of 2020 and beyond in a U.S. presidential year and aspects of continuity and change in some regional flashpoints.

Q&A will be moderated by Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Director of the Rising Powers Initiative.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

@GWUSigurCenter co-sponsored with the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.

Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran, pictured in professional attire
Professor Deepa Ollapally, pictured in professional attire

Prashanth Parameswaran is Senior Editor at The Diplomat and a fellow at the Wilson Center based in Washington, D.C, where he produces analysis on Southeast Asia, Asian security issues, and U.S. foreign policy. Previously, Parameswaran worked on Asian affairs at several think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He holds a PhD and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BA in foreign affairs and peace and conflict studies from the University of Virginia. @TheAsianist


Deepa Ollapally is Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Ollapally specializes in regional security of South Asia, Indian foreign policy, and the role of identity in international relations. Her current research focuses on maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the impact of regional power shifts, and the intersection of security and identity in India-China relations. Her most recent book is Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia (2017). Ollapally has received major grants from foundations including the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV, and the Diane Rehm Show. She holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University. @DeepaOllapally

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