Introducing SAC Student Panelists:

Along with our expert commentator series, SAC is pleased to introduce our student panelists. In order to get to know them better, we’ve asked the following questions:

1. Please briefly introduce yourself.

2. How did you get interested in your paper topic?

3. What was your research process? Do you have a tip that you would like to share?

4. Do you have any advice for other students who may be interested in submitting a paper for next year’s SAIS Asia Conference?

5. What is your plan after graduation?

6. If you can ask a question to someone – either dead or alive – what would you ask to whom?

In the next two weeks leading up the conference, we will post their answers, and link them to this post. Stay tuned for more updates!

Panel I: Economic Development

James H. Bisbee, Korea Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS,  “Government Intervention and Labor Productivity: The South Korean Experience.”

Kwang yeon Lee, China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS, “The ‘Pipeline Diplomacy’: Russia-DPRK-ROK Gas Pipeline Project.”

Patrick R. Corcoran, World Politics, Catholic University of America, “The Rise of China: Investment Aborad, the Demand for Energy, and the Communist Party.”


Panel II: Security and Strategy

Charles R. Kraus, Asian Studies/History, George Washington University, “Mutual Dependency in Sino-North Korean Relations: Evidence from the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War.”

Aanchal Anand, South Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS, “Antidote: Why Legalizing Opium is Essential for Promoting Development and Security in Afghanistan?.”

Constantino H. Xavier, International Affairs/South Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS, “The Domestic Sources of India’s Great Power Ambition.”


Panel III: Migration

Amanda L. Stek, Southeast Asia Studies Johns Hopkins SAIS, “Harnessing the Benefits: A Review of the Philippine Temporary Migration System.”

Michael Carbone, China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS, “Supporting Rural Development Through Information Sharing Networks for Migrants.”


Panel IV: Domestic Fragmentation

Varun Piplani, Political Science, George Washington University, “The Perils of Democratic Development: Assessing the Economic Impact of Political Fragmentation in the Indian States.”

Ajay Verghese, Political Science, George Washington University, “Peasant Revolts in the Princely States: The Naxalite Insurgency in Bastar and Telangana.”

Namalie Jayasinghe, International Relations, American University School of International Service, “Post-conflict Sri Lanka: Development and Security in the Northern and Eastern Provinces”


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