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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 34: Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 34: Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Taiwan faces a host of challenges in its cross strait relations with a rising China. Among these challenges, Taiwan’s sovereignty and status affect Taiwan’s ability to effectively navigate international institutions and organizations. Nonetheless, Taiwan has made some gains in its participation in international institutions, particularly in the fields of global health and disaster relief. What are the implications of these gains for Taiwan, moving forward? These issues came under scrutiny at a Taiwan Roundtable on “Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role,” held at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The panel included Wei-chin Lee, Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University, Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic & International Studies, and Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law and Political Science and Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, One-China, International, Participation, Role, Soft power
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  4. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 32: Democratization in Asia: Lessons from Thailand’s Crisis [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 32: Democratization in Asia: Lessons from Thailand’s Crisis
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Thailand’s socioeconomic development since the 1980s has changed the political demography of Thailand, leading to the rise of a new class that demands more political participation. Yet, the existing political system is resisting this change. What does this clash between society and political system indicate for potential change in Thailand? Is it a setback or a progress for the country’s democracy? These questions were addressed at the 19th Annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture on “Democratization in Asia and the Intellectuals: Lessons from Thailand’s Crisis,” by Thongchai Winichakul, Professor of history at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Thailand, Crisis, Ethnic conflict, Democracy, Royalist, Military
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  5. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 30: Winners or Losers in the TPP? Taiwan, Its Neighbors, and the United States [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 30: Winners or Losers in the TPP? Taiwan, Its Neighbors, and the United States
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Obama Administration has renewed its efforts to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress over the past year. In addition to being the largest trade deal passed by the U.S. in several decades, the TPP may also serve as the economic linchpin of the U.S. “rebalance” to Asia and is of great importance to many of America’s Asian allies. In light of the continuing debate over TPP ratification, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies recently held a Taiwan Roundtable entitled “Winners or Losers in the TPP? Taiwan, its Neighbors, and the United States.” The panel assembled to discuss the different aspects of this proposed trade deal included Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Shihoko Goto, Senior Northeast Asia Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program, and Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  6. 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
  7. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 26: Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 26: Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: As an ethnically heterogeneous country, China faces a unique challenge in its nation building efforts: establishing a unified Chinese national identity that satisfies both the Han Chinese majority and China’s various ethnic minority groups. Thus far the results of these efforts have been mixed: while most of China’s 55 ethnic minority groups have assimilated into a “Chinese” national identity, other minority groups, most notably the Tibetans and Uighurs, have forcefully contested the idea of Chinese national identity on multiple occasions.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Ethnic, Group, Minority, China, National, Identity
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  8. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 24: Taiwan Conference: “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities” [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 24: Taiwan Conference: “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities”
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Sigur Center co-hosted a conference with the 21st Century Foundation of Taiwan on February 27 entitled “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities.” The first panel focused largely on the prospects of bilateral forums and dialogue between China and Taiwan for improving political and security relations across the Taiwan Strait. Panelists included Dr. Su-Po Kao of the 21st Century Foundation, Dr. Teng-Chi Chang of National Taiwan University and Joseph Bosco of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The second panel focused more on Washington’s role in cross-Strait dialogue and security and featured Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu of National Chengchi University, Dr. Chih-Chieh Chou of National Cheng Kung University and Dr. Robert Sutter of the George Washington University.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Cross-strait, Peace, Dialogue, China, Reunification
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  9. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 22: Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 22: Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The issue of military confidence building measures, or CBMs, between China (P.R.C.) and Taiwan (R.O.C.) is one of continued importance to all parties interested in peaceful cross-Strait relations. CBMs are no less important at a time when cross-Strait relations seem to be relatively tranquil and heading in a promising direction, especially in light of increased economic integration. Various facets of the cross-Strait CBM issue were discussed at a Taiwan Roundtable entitled “Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near” held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on August 27, 2013.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Cross-strait, China, Taiwan, Rebalance, Military CBM
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  10. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 20: Examining Violence Against Women in India: Changes, Challenges, and Futures [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 20: Examining Violence Against Women in India: Changes, Challenges, and Futures
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Delhi gang-rape and subsequent death of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey in December 2012 sparked an unprecedented discussion on violence against women in India. While sexual violence against women is a long-standing issue in India, relentless media coverage of this particular incident has elevated the conversation to both the national and international level. At a discussion on “Examining Violence Against Women in India: Changes, Challenges and Futures” convened by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Rising Powers Initiative on April 12, 2013, panelists outlined the sociocultural and economic factors perpetuating sexual violence in India and highlighted opportunities for moving forward on the issue.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Sexual violence, Gender, Inequality, Women, India
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018