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SUNDAY, 11/15/2020 | 3:00PM EST 

Foreign Affairs


Future Leaders

Borders and Beyond: New Strategic Challenges in Sino-Indian Relations


Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at 3:00pm EST

Hosted on Zoom - the link and optional background materials will be emailed to you after registration


As two of the strongest and most quickly rising economic and military powers in Asia, the relationship between China and India has enormous implications for evolving regional power dynamics and international security. This year, the two giants faced off in a series of border escalations, especially along the disputed Line of Actual Control, which has served as the de facto frontier between the two states since the war between them in 1962. These skirmishes, which have been violent at times, broke out over a backdrop of heightened economic competition between India and China as well as increasing contention for influence in the Indian Ocean and South Asia. In this discussion, we will speak with Dr. Deepa Ollapally about developments in the recent border standoff, why relations between Beijing and New Delhi may never be the same, and what these shifts could mean for the region and beyond.

Foreign Affairs with Future Leaders is a series of youth-led discussions which analyze various international issues and topics by collaboratively addressing their most critical questions. They are co-hosted by the Onero Institute and the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity at GWU. This discussion is also co-hosted by the Rising Powers Initiative.


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Deepa M. Ollapally is a political scientist specializing in Indian foreign policy, India-China relations, and Asian regional and maritime security.  She is Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center. She also directs the Rising Powers Initiative, a major research program which tracks and analyzes foreign policy debates in aspiring powers of Asia and Eurasia.


Dr. Ollapally is currently working on a funded book titled Big Power Competition for Influence in the Indian Ocean Region, which assesses the shifting patterns of geopolitical influence by major powers in the region since 2005 and the drivers of these changes. She is the author of five books including Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (Oxford, 2012) and The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (Cambridge 2008).  


Dr. Ollapally also held senior positions in the policy world including US Institute of Peace, Washington DC and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.


Elad Raymond is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Onero Institute. He is a third-year student in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Originally from New York, his research interests include geography, peace studies, and the Middle East.


Agastya Bhatia is a junior double majoring in IA and economics. He’s grown up in India and Malaysia, is regionally interested in South Asia and the Asia Pacific region. He has worked under Dr. Ollapally on issues regarding Sino-Indian border conflict in the past. He is also a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity at GWU.


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