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George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Receives $400,000 Grant from the MacArthur Foundation

Award Will Be Used to Study Nuclear Debates in Asia
November 27, 2012

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WASHINGTON – Two faculty members at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) received a $400,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study the ongoing debates in Asia over the risks and rewards of nuclear energy and non-proliferation.

The rise in global demand for nuclear energy is heavily concentrated in emerging and aspiring Asian powers. Mike Mochizuki, associate professor of political science and international affairs, and Deepa Ollapally, associate research professor of international affairs, will track the domestic debates and discussion on nuclear power and nonproliferation in eight countries in Asia – China, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal will be to ascertain and relate a more nuanced domestic opinion than that which is often reduced to “pro-nuclear” or “anti-nuclear” by official government pronouncements.          

This project, entitled “Nuclear Debates in Asia,” is part of the second phase of the larger Rising Powers Initiative (RPI), which is housed at ESIA’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies and also funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation. The first phase of RPI developed the framework to understand and analyze how major and aspiring powers think about their own national security, international economic policymaking, identity and power and the role of the Unites States in the world. Phase one concluded in 2011 and resulted in the publication of a book, Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia (Oxford University Press, 2012).

About GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top ten in the United States for international affairs by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.    

About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.