Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Asia Report October 2017

The Face-Off in Doklam: Interpreting India-China Relations: 

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.

Read the report here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Professor David Shambaugh in the news

On 28 September 2017, Professor David Shambaugh participated in an event sponsored by Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, Germany, entitled "Engaging With China 'China's Future - Assessing the State of the People's Republic on the Eve of the 19th Communist Party Congess.'" Read about it HERE.

He has also recently wrote a piece for the South China Morning Post entitled "Reform or repression: what will the next five years bring for China?" about the upcoming 19th Party Congress in China. Read it here.

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: October 15 - October 21

Every week, Asia on E Street compiles a list of upcoming free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events in Washington DC.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for October 15 - October 21:

China's Rising Role in Central Asia and the Middle East with Prof. Pan Guang
Tuesday, October 17, 3:30pm-4:45pm
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Working Towards Clean Cars and Clear Skies in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta
Tuesday, October 17, 9:30am-11:30am
China Environment Forum (Wilson Center)

Are India-Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn?
Tuesday, October 17, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Critical Perspectives on the Vietnam War
Tuesday, October 17, 3:30pm-5:30pm
The George Washington University

How to Deal with Pakistan?
Wednesday, October 18, 3:00pm-4:30pm
United States Institute of Peace

Book Launch: Cave of the Immortals: The Poetry and Prose of Bamboo Painter Wen Tong (1019–1079) with Professor Jonathan Chaves
Wednesday, October 18, 12:30pm-1:45pm
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The North Korean Nuclear Challenge and International Response
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Heritage Foundation

A Strategy for the Trans-Pacific Century
Thursday, October 19, 3:00pm
Atlantic Council

May God Bless Manchukuo:  Manchuria and the transformation of Vatican-China relations with Prof. Thomas DuBois
Thursday, October 19, 12:30pm-1:45pm
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The Fait Accompli in the 21st Century Security Landscape: From Crimea to Doklam to the Spratly Islands
Thursday, October 19, 12:15pm-2:00pm
Stimson Center

The 25th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities
Friday, October 20 - Saturday, October 21
GW Institute for Korean Studies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Korea Strategy Center Conference

On October 19th, from 2:30PM to 5:45PM, NKSC will be holding a half-day conference, discussing the recent North Korean issues with various non-governmental organizations related to this field. The panelists will include a former North Korean government official who has worked under the State Security Department and Office 39. 

The North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization that envisions a free and open North Korea that upholds the fundamental human rights of all its people in a healthy democracy. 

For more information, and since NKSC has limited seating capacity, please RSVP at this link: 

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program


In cooperation with


Call for Applications
 (SPRING 2018)

Deadline: November 17, 2017
  The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the U.S Department of State, in cooperation with The United States - Indonesia Society (USINDO) are pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the Spring 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The YSEALI is the US government's signature program to strengthen leadership development as well as networking in Southeast Asia, particularly between young leaders from United States and Southeast Asia.
The YSEALI PFP Spring 2018 will be held from April 21 - June 2, 2018. This year will focus on the theme of governance and societyIt is open to young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. The YSEALI PFP includes a week of political and policy discussions in Washington, DC; a month-long individual fellowship in an American office; and participation in a three-day global Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. This exchange of ideas and knowledge will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the young political and policy professionals from these Southeast Asian countries and their American counterparts, with the goal of strengthening good governance, enhancing economic empowerment, and increasing civic engagement. With the invaluable experience gained from this fellowship, the young leaders from Southeast Asia may identify their generation's greatest challenges in the region and develop ideas in tackling them. 
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a citizen of Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore or Thailand and have a professional background and project related to the legislative process and governance
  • Between the ages of 25-35
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your home country
  • Self-directed and able to work effectively in cross-cultural settings
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Leadership potential in the government, private sector, or civil society
  • Committed to organizing an 7-10 day program in their country for an American mentor
  • Committed to become an active member in the YSEALI community
  • Cannot hold a dual-US citizenship or have traveled on a J-1 VISA for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.
International Fellows Overview
The international fellows from each country will travel to Washington, DC for a 5-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings.
Each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive fellowship in a separate political, policy, or civil society office with day-to-day mentoring and guidance from a single point of contact, their fellowship host. The fellows will meet their American mentor, an ACYPL alumni, to attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, and together will develop action plans for a series of follow-on activities to be conducted in the fellows' home country. 
At the conclusion of the program, all international fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share their experiences with other international fellows from different programs.
Upon returning to their home countries, select international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 7-10 day program in which the American mentor will visit each of fellows' places of employment to learn more about what they do, assist in the continuing implementation of their project, meet with local leaders, as well as enjoy cultural outings.
Application Instructions and Deadline:
The application is accessible through here or if you would like to see the program at-a-glance you can access this link first. Kindly note, we do not accept direct or hard copy submission.
Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form byNovember 17, 2017 the latest. An incomplete or late submission will not be considered. If you were recommended or learned about this program from USINDO (ACYPL's in-country program partner), please indicate it in the application form.
Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consisting of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy, and USINDO.
Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please contact Mr. Elliot Bell-Krasnerat at or Ms. Kaylee Boalt at kboalt@acypl.orgor by phone at +(1) 202-857-0999.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Film Screening Event

Film Screening Luncheon
With Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada
The Bleeding Edge
A narrative thriller based on true events, by Peabody Award winning director Leon Lee, starring Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin.

TIME:  Monday, Oct. 16, 12pm-2pm
(film screening at 12pm-1:30pm, panel discussion at 1:30pm-2pm)
LOCATIONRayburn House Office Building 2168 (Gold Room)

In the early 2000’s, the increasing spread of information technology was fast becoming a perceived threat to the Chinese communist regime. Western technology companies were paid large sums to develop a high-profile project dubbed “The Golden Shield Project” aimed to censor and restrict internet access as well as monitor the activities of Chinese citizens.
When a young western tech executive based in China suffers from heart failure on the job, he receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor. Once he discovers the horrific truth behind his operation, he risks his life to help save the next victim and find redemption.

Watch trailer at
Panel Discussion: Organ Harvesting in China
Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 & 2016
Matthew Robertson, China Researcher, Human Rights Law Foundation

Graduate Student Opportunitiy

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) would like to formally invite graduate students from the George Washington University to join their Graduate Fellows program!

The UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program provides an opportunity for Washington, D.C. area graduate students interested in international affairs, development, trade, finance, and related disciplines to explore the role of the United Nations within the context of modern global affairs and other international organizations.  The UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program offers participants the chance to build strong professional and academic skills through relevant internship experiences and a series of seminars on global issues and the United Nations. 

Since it was initiated in 1991 by officials of the UNA-NCA, with the mission of bringing together the resources of the organization and the 15 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the program has involved over 500 students and 40 international organizations.  UNA-NCA’s access to the United Nations system of agencies and a diverse range of professional relationships has helped make this program one of the most successful UNA programs in the country.
Our program includes seminar sessions, membership in the UNA-USA GenUN Programan opportunity to be mentored by a senior Washington, D.C.-based professional, incredible networking opportunities, and the production of a publishable article on a relevant UN related topic.

The deadline for the Spring 2018 UNA-NCA Fellows Program applications is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5 pm.  

For more information please their website.