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Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

We invite you for a talk by Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore and Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary.

Talk Abstract
Are the increasing Chinese and Indian investments in Afghanistan the start of a New Great Game or could Chinese and Indian engagement in Afghanistan result in a win-win for all three countries? Most observers of India’s and China’s relationship with Afghanistan have analysed the relationships through a strategic lens and as a zero sum game, where Indian assistance and investments have been reported as a loss for China and vice versa. In these analyses, little attention is paid to the impact of both these countries’ engagements for Afghanistan. This research will present an overview of both Chinese and Indian investments and foreign assistance to Afghanistan, and argue that increased engagement by both China and India are a win not only for Afghanistan, but ultimately also for China and India.

Speaker Bio
Rani D. Mullen is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore; an Associate Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, United States; and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India, where she directs a research programme on Indian development cooperation. She was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at India’s Afghanistan Studies Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in 2013-14 and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University as well as a Liechtenstein Scholar on Afghanistan in 2008-09. Prior to teaching at the College of William & Mary, Dr Mullen worked as the Asia Project Manager at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, was a consultant at the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development, and worked for a German think tank, as well as for a member of the German Parliament.

Dr. Mullen’s research and teaching focus is on South Asian politics, particularly state-building and democracy in and foreign policies of India and Afghanistan. Her book, Decentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in India, was published in 2011 by Routledge. She has published articles in Asian Survey and Foreign Affairs and book chapters on state-building in Afghanistan, India’s democratic institutions, and Indian foreign and aid policies in several Oxford University Press and Routledge publications. She is also a founding member and co-chair of the South Asia in World Politics section of International Studies Association.

Read more about Dr. Mullen HERE

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