Asian Studies Graduate Students Present at the 2013 ISA Regional Conferences.

Current Asian Studies graduate students Alexandra Dvoriantchikova and Zenel Garcia presented their original research papers at the 2013 ISA (International Studies Association) Regional Conferences.

Alexandra is a second year Asian Studies M.A. student focusing on the political, religious and cultural dynamics of Central Asia. She presented her research on Islam in Russian news media at the ISA West Conference in Pasadena, California on September 28, 2013. Alexandra will be graduating this semester, after which she plans to travel to Asia to gain more experience in the region, and eventually pursue a career in foreign relations of the United States.

Zenel Garcia is a joint Asian Studies M.A. and International Relations Ph.D. student. Zenel’s research focus is on the Chinese military modernization and East Asian relations. He presented his paper, titled “Modernization of the People's Liberation Army and Sino-Japanese Security Relations” at the ISA West Conference on September 28, 2013. He was also a panelist at the ISA North East Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on November 8, 2013. Zenel is currently working on his Master’s Thesis and plans to complete his M.A. degree this semester. He will then continue working toward his Ph.D. in International Relations and travel to East Asia to supplement his research.

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Zenel Garcia and Alexandra Dvoriantchikova at the ISA West Conference in Pasadena, California

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Zenel Garcia at the ISA West Conference with fellow panelists