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Asian Studies

Confucianism and China: Past and Present

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Confucianism and China: Past and Present

Peter K. Bol, vice provost for advances in learning at Harvard University, will share his expertise on Confuciansim on  Wednesday, 11 March at noon in 238 HRCB.

Bol also serves as the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As vice provost, he is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research pertaining to HarvardX.

His research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the seventh to the seventeenth century.

He is the author of “This Culture of Ours”: Intellectual Transitions in T’ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History, coauthor of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching, co-editor of Ways with Words, and various journal articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. Read More…

Getting North Korea Wrong: Hackers, Defectors, and Making Sense of the DPRK

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Getting North Korea Wrong: Hackers, Defectors, and Making Sense of the DPRK

This presentation on North Korea will be delivered by Kirk W. Larsen on Wednesday, 25 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Larsen is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and also assistant director of academic programs and research at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

He previously taught at the University of Texas—Austin Read More…

Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

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Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

The Wheatley Forum in International Affairs is hosting John A. Nagl, the former president of the Center for a New American Security, who will speak on  Thursday, 19 February at 4:00 p.m. in the HBLL auditorium.

Nagl is currently the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School. Prior to assuming responsibility for the School in July 2013, he was the inaugural Minerva Research Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and a former president of the Center for a New American Security, where he remains on the Board of Advisors. He is also a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Advisors at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

His publications include two books Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice and Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and numerous journal articles. Read More…

Tragedy of Errors: Contemporary Pakistan

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Tragedy of Errors: Contemporary Pakistan

Shadman Bashir, a visiting professor of law and international relations at Dixie State University, will speak at the Kennedy Center on  Wednesday, 4 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Bashir teaches business and criminal law and war and terrorism and global law.

A native of the Pakistani tribal region, Bashir is an expert in South Asian law, politics, conflicts and culture.

He speaks six languages and multiple dialects and received a BA in political science from Edwardes College and an LLB in English and Islamic law from the University of Peshawar, both in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Bashir then moved to the U.S. and received an LLM in comparative law from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Fellowship Opportunities at the Pacific Forum CSIS

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Fellowship Opportunities at the Pacific Forum CSIS

The Pacific Forum CSIS is accepting applications for three of its five Honolulu-based research fellowships. This is an exciting opportunity for bright young scholars and professionals to research Asia-Pacific foreign policy issues under the supervision and guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff. Additionally, fellows are active participants in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program, where they will interact with senior-level experts and officials at conferences and dialogues throughout the region.

The following resident fellowships are currently open for application: Read More…