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November 8, 2018

Nationalism in the Indian Ocean World

Indian soldiers riding camels

The Indian Ocean is rising in strategic relevance on a global scale. Growing nationalism throughout the region further complicates already complex international relations. As rising powers, both India and China seek to exert their influence on the region. In addition to the competition between India and China, India- Pakistan tensions, the lasting impacts of U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy security and oil markets, as well as international crime such as piracy and terrorism, contribute to a complex web of relationships.

Scholarship on nationalism and identity, politics, and international relations in the Indian Ocean region is essential. "Nationalism in the Indian Ocean World" brought experts from around the world to Washington, D.C., to discuss nation-building, nationalism, democracy, and international relations.

This workshop was co-sponsored by the Georgetown India Initiative and Georgetown University in Qatar.



‚Äč10:30 a.m. | Check-in

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Nationalism and Religion
Narges Bajoghli, Johns Hopkins University
Pek Koon Heng, American University
Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University (chair)

12:30 - 1:45 p.m. | Lunch

1:45 - 3:30 p.m. | Sinews of Nation-Building
Mohammed Hassen Ali, Georgia State University
Laurent Gayer, Sciences Po
Lahra Smith, Georgetown University
Aviel Roshwald, Georgetown University (chair)

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. | Keynote: The Liberal Order and Identity Politics in the Global Indian Ocean
Anatol Lieven, Georgetown University


9:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. | Trans-Nationalism and Nationalism in International Relations
Chris Mahony, World Bank
Tazreena Sajjad, American Univsity
Kjetil Tronvoll, Bjorknes University College
John VollGeorgetown University
Anatol LievenGeorgetown University (chair)

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Democracy and Nationalism
Msia Kibona Clark, Howard University
Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University
Elleni Centime Zeleke, Columbia University
Harry Verhoeven, Georgetown University (chair)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Lunch

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks