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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 18: "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations" [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 18: "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations"
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Sigur Center for Asian Studies held a conference on March 1 entitled "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations" which focused on two salient examples of ambiguity in Taiwan's external relations: the strategic ambiguity policy of the United States, and the 1992 Consensus. The first panel on strategic ambiguity--a policy in which the US is purposely unclear whether it would intervene in a cross-Strait conflict-- featured presentations by Dean Chen of Ramapo College and Scott Kastner of the University of Maryland, as well as a keynote address by Alan Romberg of the Stimson Center. The second panel on the 1992 Consensus (a compromise also known as "one China, respective interpretations" in which Beijing and Taipei agreed in 1992 that there is only one China in the world, but disagree on what that "one China" is) included presentations by Yu-long Ling of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Institute, Vincent Wang of the University of Virginia, and Dean Chen. Professor James Hsiung of New York University (NYU) began the conference with a discussion on the role of ambiguity in international relations more broadly.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, US-China, US-Taiwan, Cross-strait, China, Asia-Pacific, Security, Conflict, Sovereignty
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  4. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 21: China-India Border Issues and Northeast India: A View from India [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 21: China-India Border Issues and Northeast India: A View from India
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The most recent flare-up of border and territorial tensions between India and China has reignited discussion on this longstanding issue between the two countries. In a timely and topical presentation, Dr. Namrata Goswami, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) spoke about the driving factors behind this issue at “China-India Border Issues and Northeast India: A View from India,” held by the Rising Powers Initiative on May 8, 2013. Dr. Goswami used powerpoint slides during her presentation which contained several detailed maps.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Border, Dispute, China, India, Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  5. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 19: China's Twin Paradoxes: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 19: China's Twin Paradoxes: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: According to conventional wisdom, rising corruption reduces economic growth. And yet, between 1978 and 2010, even as officials were looting state coffers, extorting bribes, raking in kickbacks, and scraping off rents at unprecedented rates, the Chinese economy grew at an average annual rate of 9 percent. This paradoxical trend was the subject of a lecture - China: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China - in the Rising Power Initiative's Asian Economic Challenges series. Andrew Wedeman, professor of political science at Georgia State University, was on hand to talk about his recent book Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China and why the Chinese economy performed so well despite widespread corruption at almost kleptocratic levels.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, China, Corruption
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  6. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 16: Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 16: Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The civil war in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came to an end in May 2009. However, while the war may have ended, the conflict continues. The distinction between post war and post conflict was made clear by Mr. Jayaprakash Tissainayagam at a discussion entitled "Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on December 4, 2012. Mr. Tissainayagam is a Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a seasoned journalist who in 2009 was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for criticizing the Sri Lankan government's handling of its war against the LTTE and released two years later only after an international outcry. He was named an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience in 2008 and received the Reporters without Borders' Peter Mackler Award for Ethical and Courageous Journalism in 2009.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Sri Lanka, Conflict , Democracy, International community
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  7. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 17: "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" - A Presentation by Scott Bates [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 17: "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" - A Presentation by Scott Bates
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Scott Bates, president of the Center for National Policy, has proposed a new national security policy for Taiwan entitled "Taiwan 21." Mr. Bates discussed several elements of his "Taiwan 21" plan at a recent Taiwan Roundtable entitled "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on January 23, 2013. Discussant Joseph Bosco, a former East Asia security specialist at the Department of Defense, voiced strong disagreements with Bates' proposals at the roundtable, while Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, submitted a written response in which he offers alternative recommendations for strengthening Taiwan's security.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Economic growth, Military, Asia-Pacific, Taiwan Strait, Cross-strait, China, International community
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  8. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 14: Taiwan and Asia Pacific Economic Integration: ECFA, TPP, and Beyond [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 14: Taiwan and Asia Pacific Economic Integration: ECFA, TPP, and Beyond
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The signing of The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), a preferential trade agreement between the governments of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) that aims to reduce tariffs and commercial barriers between the two sides seems to have alleviated some concerns about Taiwanese economic integration. At the same time, the signing of ECFA has reopened the issue of broader economic integration in the region. Experts on Taiwan's economic policies assembled for a conference on "Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Economic Integration" on April 30th at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in an effort to explain Taiwan's current economic integration efforts as well as future challenges that will likely accompany such developments.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Asia-Pacific, Economy, U.S., US-Taiwan, Security, TPP, APEC
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  9. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 15: Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 15: Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: A relatively small chain of islands in the East China Sea has been the focal point of potential maritime conflict between Taiwan (R.O.C.), China (P.R.C.), and Japan for several decades, with escalating rhetoric in recent years. Known to Taiwan as the Diaoyutai, to China as the Diaoyu and to Japan as the Senkaku islands, this dispute was discussed at a Taiwan Roundtable entitled "Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on November 20, 2012. Experts on the history and contemporary international affairs of East Asia met to offer their insights on the background and future implications of the conflict over this disputed territory.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, China, Japan, East China Sea, United States, US-Taiwan
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  10. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 12: The Okinawa Question and the US-Japan Alliance: Factoring in Japanese Domestic Politics and Debates [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 12: The Okinawa Question and the US-Japan Alliance: Factoring in Japanese Domestic Politics and Debates
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: This Asia Report is based on "The Okinawa Question: Regional Security, the US-Japan Alliance, and Futenma," a conference held on September 19, 2011 at the Elliott School of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and The Nansai Shoto Industrial Advancement. Since Yoshihiko Noda took office as Prime Minister of Japan two months ago, there appears to be some possibility that the United States and Japan will be able to make progress on the stalled issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa prefecture. However, even cautious optimism should be tempered by the reality of domestic politics in Japan and a thorough consideration of Japan's overall strategic thinking. Noda has made specific gestures expressing an intent to honor the U.S.-Japan agreement to relocate the Futenma base from densely populated Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago City in northeastern Okinawa, where a new on-shore facility would be built. To win political support from Okinawans, he announced in late September that his government would remove the conditions currently attached to development subsidies to the prefecture. In October, he told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the government would submit an environmental impact assessment report to Okinawa prefecture by the end of this year, which would formally start a legal process whereby the Okinawa government is required to respond within 90 days. From Washington's perspective, these moves may indicate some longawaited momentum on the Futenma issue.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, U.S.-Japan, Okinawa, Japan, Security, Defense
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018