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War on Ukraine: The Impact on China and India

Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Series, co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced...

Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Series, co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Russia’s war on Ukraine has dramatically increased the uncertainty for the rest of the world, including such major powers as China and India. The war and the sanctions against Russia have raised economic and other risks for these countries, but there may have emerged new opportunities for them as well. Our panel of leading experts on China and India will discuss how these momentous changes have affected these countries and their relationships with Russia, their foreign policies, and economic security, as well as how China’s and India’s regional and global roles may change in the aftermath of the war.

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This event is supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Elizabeth Wishnick, Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University; Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University

Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center at George Washington University

Elina Ribakova, Deputy Chief Economist at the Institute of International Finance

Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Associate Professor of International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and Research Associate at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, Oxford University

Moderated by:

Elise Giuliano, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Columbia University, Director of the Program on US-Russia Relations

Joshua Tucker, Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University


Elizabeth Wishnick is a Senior Research Scientist in the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division at the Center for Naval Analyses, on leave from her position as Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University. Dr. Wishnick also is a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. Dr. Wishnick has dual regional expertise on China and Russia and is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, Asian security (including Taiwan and Russia), and Arctic geopolitics.  Her book project, China’s Risk China’s Risk: Oil, Water, Food and Regional Security (forthcoming Columbia University Press) addresses the security consequences of energy, water and food risks in China for its Eurasian neighbors, a topic she explores in a related policy blog, She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College.  She speaks Mandarin, Russian, and French and recently spent six months in Vladivostok, Russia, Shanghai, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan as a part of a Fulbright Global Scholar award.

Deepa Ollapally is a political scientist specializing in Indian foreign policy, India-China relations, and Asian regional and maritime security. She is a Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center at George Washington University. She also directs the Rising Powers Initiative, a major research program that tracks and analyzes foreign policy debates in aspiring powers of Asia and Eurasia. Dr. Ollapally is currently working on a book “Big Power Competition for Influence in the Indian Ocean Region” that assesses the shifting patterns of geopolitical influence by major powers in the region since 2005 and the drivers of these changes. She is the author of five books including Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (2012) and The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (2008). Previously, she was Associate Professor at Swarthmore College and has been a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London, and at Columbia University. Dr. Ollapally also held senior positions in the policy world including the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Elina Ribakova is Deputy Chief Economist at the Institute of International Finance. Her research focuses on global markets, economic statecraft, and economic sovereignty. She was previously a research fellow at the London School of Economics and a visiting fellow at Bruegel. She also held senior roles in economic research at a diverse set of financial institutions, most recently with Deutsche Bank in London as Head of EEMEA Research, as well as leadership positions at Amundi (Pioneer) Asset Management, Avantium Investment Management, and Citigroup. She has also taught at the Stockholm School of Economics. Ms. Ribakova began her career as an economist at IMF headquarters in Washington D.C. She received her Master’s in Economics from University of Warwick and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Manjari Chatterjee Miller is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is also a research associate in the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford. An expert on India, China, South Asia, and rising powers, she is the author of Why Nations Rise: Narratives and the Path to Great Power (2021, shortlisted for the 2022 Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations) and Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China (2013). Miller is also the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations (2020), a monthly columnist for the Hindustan Times, and a frequent contributor to policy and media outlets in the United States and Asia. Miller is currently on leave from the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where she is a tenured associate professor of international relations, and the director of the Rising Powers Initiative at the Pardee Center. She has been a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a fellow at the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, a visiting associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed and policy journals, and chapters in edited books. She serves on the international advisory board of Chatham House’s International Affairs journal and the editorial board of the National Bureau of Asian Research’s Asia Policy journal, and her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from multiple institutions. Miller received a BA from the University of Delhi, an MSc from the University of London, and a PhD from Harvard University. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the China and the World Program at Princeton University.

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