Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World


Decolonised nations became a key arena for Sino-Soviet rivalry: a mass of new countries in search of blueprints for state-building and in which Russia and China could promise to build brave new socialist worlds in their own image.

See more at Rivalry over Third World

The First Post-Occupy Political Temperature Taking


Why Hong Kong’s district council elections are important now?

The district council elections in Hong Kong

Yenching University China Studies Master Program

Sevgili ogrencilerimiz ve hocalarimiz,
Yenching Academy China Studies Master Program (, Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking’de 42. sirada olan Pekin Universitesi’nin uluslararasi ogrenciler icin actigi, tam burslu, egitim dili Ingilizce olan bir yukseklisans programidir. Sectikleri kariyerlerinde ilerlerken Cin hakkinda bilgi sahibi olmak ve ileride baglantilarini korumak isteyen tum ogrencilerimizi ilgilendirebilecek bu yukseklisans programini tanitmak uzere Yenching Academy Dekani Prof. John Holden 24 Kasim Sali gunu universitemizi ziyaret edecektir.
Tum ilgilenenleri Yenching Academy tanitim toplantisina bekliyoruz. Etkinligin afisini ekte bulabilirsiniz.
Tarih: 24 Kasim 2015 Sali
Saat: 12.30
Yer: IIBF B Binasi Mavi Salon
Tesekkurler, saygilarimizla,
Asya Calismalari Programi

Amy Tan’s Evolving Sense of China

Amy Tan, the author of famous Joy Luck Club (book and movie), talks about her evolving sense of China as a Chinese American born during Cold War:“The Valley of Amazement” 

CfP: The 13th METU Conference on International Relations


The 13th METU Conference on International Relations

Multiple Worlds, Multiple Paradigms

June 25-27, 2014


The METU Conference on International Relations, one of the oldest annual conferences in Turkey on international relations, will be held between 25-27 June 2014, marking its 13th year. This year’s conference will occasion the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of International Relations at METU. The Conference takes pride in annually bringing together scholars from all around the world to exchange views. The confirmed speakers for this year’s conference include Emeritus Professor Barry Buzan (London School of Economics and Political Science), Professor Andrew Linklater (Woodrow Wilson Chair, Aberystwyth University), Professor Ali Karaosmanoğlu (Center for Foreign Policy and Peace Research, Ankara) and Professor Yongjin Zhang (University of Bristol).

Please find the call for papers here

METU Asian Studies program is now accepting applications for Spring 2014

For more information about the program, see here

International Conference on “Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul”, 2-5 October 2013

The conference aims at showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences, humanities and related disciplines, on themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, South Asia, to Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Conference date: 2-5 October 2013

Location: Rumeli Feneri Campus, Koç University


October 2, 11:00-12:30 (Founders’ Hall, Koç University)

Ambiguous Locations/ Shifting Vocations: Turkey in Asia

Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS, University of London

October 3, 16:30-18:30 (Founders’ Hall, Koç University)

“Istanbul Conversations – The New Global Left and the Politics of Mediated Activism”

Transregional Virtual Research Institute, Media, Activism, and the New Political

Chair: Srirupa Roy, Göttingen University


Sune Haugbølle, Roskilde University

Aswin Punathambekar, University of Michigan

Tarik Sabry, University of Westminster


Murat Akser, Kadir Has University

Harun Ercan, Koç University

Bassam Haddad, George Mason University and co-founder, Jadaliyya e-zine

Lawrence Liang, founder Alternative Law Forum and member, Kafila blog

Jack Linchuan Qiu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sherene Seikaly, The American University of Cairo and co-founder, Jadaliyya e-zine

October 4, 15:00-16:30 (Founders’ Hall, Koç University)


Recombining Asia, or Three Wars and a Conversion

Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam

Moderator: K. (Shivi) Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University

October 4, 17:00 Reception


October 5 (Founders’ Hall, Koç University)

11:30-13:00 Workshop Findings I

Chair: Michael Feener, National University of Singapore

14:00-15:30 Workshop Findings II

Chair: Helen Siu, Yale University

15:30-16:15 Wrap-up Session, Conclusion of Conference

Deniz Yükseker, Koç University

Engseng Ho, Duke University

Prasenjit Duara, National University of Singapore

You can reach more details here:

Conference Program: METU Conference on Asia, 25-26 October 2013

The conference program of the annual congress of Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) organized by Middle East Technical University Department of International Relations and Department of Asian Studies is now available.

For an overview of the program, see: APISA 7 at METU Conference Program overview

For a detailed list of the panels, see:  APISA 7 at METU Conference Program Detailed Panel List

CfP: “AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders” ASAA 2014 Australia

The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is pleased to announce that its 20th Biennial Conference will be held on 8-10 July 2014 at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

The pace of globalisation has made contestation of national borders a key part of both lived realities and academic analysis. Global problems increasingly demand international engagement and cross-disciplinary approaches.  As an integrating theme of the 20th Biennial ASAA Conference we focus on both senses of border-crossing – national and disciplinary – in the multipolar world.

You can reach the Call For Papers here:

Should China Deregulate Finance?

In a new opinion article that appeared in The Japan Times and Brazil’s Valor Econômico via The Globalist, Boston University professor and GDAE senior researcher Kevin P. Gallagher argues that it is not in China’s best interest to deregulate its financial system before other important reforms are implemented.

See the full text here: