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  1. Constructing the South China Sea A Pentadic Analysis of American Narratives, 2009-2016 [Download]

    Title: Constructing the South China Sea A Pentadic Analysis of American Narratives, 2009-2016
    Author: Haver, Zachery
    Description: Though the South China Sea (SCS) territorial disputes have attracted much attention in the United States, there is a dearth of scholarly research on their discursive construction. Americans clearly care about the SCS, but nobody has investigated how, when, or why particular American narratives emerged and evolved. Given this research gap, this article develops a longitudinal form of Kenneth Burke’s pentadic analysis to study American narratives of the SCS. Examining editorials from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal from 2009 to 2016, this article finds that elements of a dominant narrative emerged in 2014 in response to both material and discursive developments. This article then demonstrates the manner in which this dominant narrative has delimited the scope of legitimate U.S. policy options.
    Keywords: Research Days 2018, International affairs, South China Sea, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, China
    Date Uploaded: 04/21/2018
  2. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 38: Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 38: Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: China’s rise to power has been accompanied by its increased assertiveness in Asia. As it has established itself as the dominant power in the region, Chinese ambitions have often clashed with interests of other powers, especially Japan. A conflict in Asia has the potential to reverberate across the world today since China and Japan are the fulcrum of international trade. The pragmatism of the two Asian giants means that the possibility of an armed conflict occurring is low. However, recent escalation of tensions especially over the Senkaku/Diaoyudao Islands means that a conflict is likely now more than ever. What does this entail for the US role in the region? Richard McGregor, journalist and a former visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies discusses the bilateral history of China and Japan and addresses the question of the US role in light of the changing dynamics in the region in his new book Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, China, Japan, Antagonism, Pax Americana, Senkaku/Diaoyudao, Nationalism
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  3. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 36: Taiwan Goes to the Polls: Ramifications of Change at Home and Abroad [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 36: Taiwan Goes to the Polls: Ramifications of Change at Home and Abroad
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: As Taiwan casts votes for a new government in January 2016, the world is watching closely to see how the election might shake up Taipei’s domestic policies and its relationships with neighbors. Polls indicate the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, has a 2-to-1 lead over the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and its candidate, Eric Chu, as well as the DPP likely securing a majority in the Legislative Yuan. The KMT is perceived by voters as being pro-China, so the shift in domestic politics driving the probable DPP victory may have profound implications for regional security and economic dynamics, not to mention U.S. foreign policy in East Asia. In this Asia Report, we present the analysis offered at a recent conference – Voting for Change: The Impact of Taiwan’s Upcoming Elections, sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Election, Independence, KMT, DPP, China, Cross-strait
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  4. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 39: Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia: Are States Choosing Nationalism or Globalism? [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 39: Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia: Are States Choosing Nationalism or Globalism?
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Asia’s need for energy resources has sparked new debates involving energy security within rising powers in the region. Increased economic development has pushed these countries to consider new strategies for energy procurement in the 21st century. Key Asian nations have invested in renewable energy sources in an effort to diversify their energy assets as well as to fuel their expansion in the coming years. But traditional sources for energy, mainly petroleum, are still tremendously important. Some analysts fear energy conflicts could develop out of countries’ desires to lock down supplies of petroleum outside of Asia.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, International affairs, Foreign affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Energy security, Eurasia, China, India, Japan, Globalist, Nationalist
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  5. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 37: The Face-Off in Doklam: Interpreting India-China Relations [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 37: The Face-Off in Doklam: Interpreting India-China Relations
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The recent standoff between India and China on the Doklam plateau was the latest in an increasingly long history of conflict and unease along the nearly 2,500-mile border which has strained relations. Although the latest incursion by Chinese forces occurred in the Doklam region along Bhutan’s border with China, and not the Sino-Indian border, Indian personnel responded in kind to back up their Bhutanese neighbors. What is the background to this dispute and what does its disposition tell us about the state of India-China relations? Former Indian Foreign Secretary and diplomat Nirupama Rao recently delivered remarks at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies giving her insights on these questions.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, International affairs, Foreign affairs, Asian studies, Asia, India, China, Doklam, Bhutan, Border dispute, Arunachal Pradesh, Kashmir
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  6. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 31: China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 31: China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: China is at a series of junctures in its economic, social, political, environmental, and foreign policy realms. As the ruling party for over 60 years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finds itself at a turning point, faced with numerous challenges on the road ahead. In a lecture entitled “China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead,” held at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in April 2015, David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, argued that diminishing returns have set in in a number of main areas of reform that China has enjoyed and benefited from over the last 35 years. These diminishing returns set in beginning around 2005 when the CCP started discussing a new wave of reforms. What are the issues the CCP faces in order to retain legitimacy? Ten reform challenges exist in China today, which, if not appropriately addressed, may cause the country to stagnate and lose momentum of growth.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, China, Reform, Growth, Corruption, Environment, Soft Power, Inequality
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  7. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 29: China’s Currency Internationalization: Domestic Debates and International Destiny [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 29: China’s Currency Internationalization: Domestic Debates and International Destiny
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: China’s growing weight in the global economy has intensified debate on the potential international role of its currency, the renmenbi (RMB). What are the motives behind RMB internationalization? Who are the actors shaping the debate on Chinese monetary policy? How likely is the RMB to replace the U.S. dollar in the current global currency hierarchy? Injoo Sohn, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, addressed these questions in a presentation on “China’s Monetary Ambition: Renmenbi Internationalization in Comparative Perspective” at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on February 26.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Monetary policy, China, Currency, RMB, Internationalize, Experiment
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  8. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 28: The Internet, Political Participation, and Governance Reform in China [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 28: The Internet, Political Participation, and Governance Reform in China
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: With China’s rise and growth of Internet usage in China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has looked to the Internet as a means of receiving citizen feedback as it modernizes its policymaking processes. How has the CCP utilized the Internet to elicit citizen opinions and feedback on its policies? One study conducted by Steven Balla, Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs at the George Washington University, aims to generalize the findings of the consultation and feedback mechanisms used in China’s 2008 healthcare reforms and apply these feedback mechanisms to other cases of online consultation in China. His findings were summarized at an event held this semester at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Balla’s case study of governance reform and Internet political participation helps us examine the future of the CCP as it experiments with online consultation as an instrument of governance reform. Rather than taking an all-or-nothing approach of predicting revolution or repression in China’s future, the study focuses on what happens between those two extremes vis-à-vis a gradual evolution of policymaking.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Internet, China, Restrictions, Reform, Participation, Political, CCP
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  9. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 27: Asia Report: Beyond Competition: Anomalies in How States React to a Rising China [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 27: Asia Report: Beyond Competition: Anomalies in How States React to a Rising China
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: As China’s influence on geopolitics, energy markets, trade, and the global financial system continues to expand, conventional wisdom might predict growing resistance from Beijing’s wary neighbors. The Realist school of thought points to regional territorial disputes and economic rows as evidence of unavoidable competition in the face of a rising China. However, there are several key variances in how countries have responded to this challenge.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, China, Rising, India, Resource, Nationalism, Strategic, Rivalry
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  10. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 25: Conflict in the Face of Cooperation: Exploring the Complexity of Chinese Policy in East Asia [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 25: Conflict in the Face of Cooperation: Exploring the Complexity of Chinese Policy in East Asia
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: What explains escalating tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea over the past several years? Is conflict inevitable as a rising China seeks to protect its national interests or will global trade and international organizations ensure peaceful economic cooperation throughout East Asia? These pressing questions were the subject of a recent lecture – Rocky Rise: China’s East Asia Policy (2009-Present) – sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Nicholas Khoo, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, shared insights he gained through interviews with Chinese academics and analysts conducted in Beijing last year on the increasing complexity and direction of China’s regional policy. In this Asia Report, we present Dr. Khoo’s views on debates over Chinese foreign policy, his understanding of Beijing’s recent actions, and his recommendations for U.S. policymakers.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, South China Sea, Conflict, Taiwan, China, Cooperation
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018