Monday, October 1, 2012

"GW Spotlights India as Next Global Partner"

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Read the insightful comments made by Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, about GW's increasing international focus on India in the GW Hatchet article "GW Spotlights India as Next Global Partner."

Deepa Ollapally warns the University to prepare for challenges like competition from other U.S. schools and India’s bureaucratic government, which she lists as the “the biggest obstacle.” She also discusses the deep-seated challenges in establishing worthwhile partnerships with Indian institutions, especially due to the traditional mindset against foreign involvement that permeates across India's academy and bureaucracy.
Nevertheless, GW hopes to send more students to India in the upcoming years in recognition of India's growing importance in the world.

Deepa Ollapally is directing a major research project on power and identity and the worldviews of rising and aspiring powers in Asia and Eurasia. Her research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S. Her co-edited book, Worldviews of Aspiring Powers is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2012. Her most recent book is The Politics of Extremism in South Asia published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. She has published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, and Political Science Quarterly.

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