SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentProgram(master level) Program(undergraduate level)
Course NameGlobalization and Geopolitics
InstructorLIU FU-KUO
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
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Weeks



Dates



Lecturer



Topic



1



2/17



Fu-Kuo Liu, Patrick Mendis



Course Introduction



2



2/24



Guest Speaker:



Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang



North East Asia regional security & Challenges on Korean peninsula



3



3/2



Guest Speaker:



Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang



New state power with new technology development(nuclear proliferation)



4



3/9



Guest Speaker:



Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang



Middle East geopolitical situation vs. US-Iran-Israel relations.



5



3/16



Patrick Mendis



Examining the evolving historical links between and among China, Russia (former Soviet Union), and the US and their leaders and leadership



Readings:




  • George F. Kennan, “Stalin and China,” The Atlantic Monthly, May 1961. Edward Crankshaw, “Khrushchev and China,” The Atlantic Monthly, May 1961.

  • Michael M. Sheng, “Mao and China’s Relations with the Superpowers in the 1950s: A New Look at the Taiwan Strait Crises and the Sino-Soviet Split,” Modern China, October 2008.

  • Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang, “Peace and War in Sino-America: Forget the Headlines and Follow the Trendlines for a Better World,” Harvard International Review, Summer 2017.



6



3/23



Patrick Mendis



China as a learning-nation and integrating other systems like Marxism and capitalism in Chinese characteristics.



Readings:




  • Nick Frisch, “The Bolsheviks in Beijing: What the Chinese Communist Party Learned From Lenin,” Foreign Affairs, October 18, 2017.

  • James Palmer, “What China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union,” Foreign Policy, December 24, 2016.



7



3/30



Patrick Mendis



How China is learning, re-learning, and de-learning from world history and its own experience to preserve the Communist Party of China.



Readings:




  • Jeremy Page, “China Spins New Lesson from Soviet Union’s Fall, Chinese Film Blames Soviet Collapse not on Communist System but on Individuals Who Betrayed It,” The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2013.

  • Chris Buckley, “Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning,” The New York Times, February 14, 2013.



8



4/6



Guest Speaker:



Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang



Energy requirement vs. Sea Lane of Communication. Arctic energy resources and sea routes



9



4/13



Fu-Kuo Liu



 



10



4/20



Fu-Kuo Liu



 



11



4/27



Jojin V. John



 



12



5/4



Jojin V. John



 



13



5/11



Patrick Mendis



Experience with the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution that defined the China’s evolving political leadership



Readings:




  • Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia, “The Great Leap Forward, the People’s Commune and the Sino-Soviet Split,” Journal of Contemporary China, November 2011.

  • Robert D. Kaplan, “Eurasia’s Coming Anarchy: The Risks of Chinese and Russian Weakness,” Foreign Affairs, March-April 2016.



14



5/18



Patrick Mendis



The Chinese experience has been redefined to preserve and maintain the Communist Party of China



Readings:




  • Simon Denyer, “How Xi Jinping’s Presidency was Shaped by Traumas of Mao and Gorbachev,” The Guardian (London), March 6, 2015 and Simon Denyer, “Twin Historic Traumas Shape Xi Jinping’s China Presidency,” The Washington Post, March 2, 2015.

  • Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig, “The Meaning of Sharp Power: How Authoritarian States Project Influence,” Foreign Affairs, November 16, 2017.

  • Stapleton Roy and Charles Kraus, “The Communist Domino that Would not Fall: China’s Resilience at the End of the Cold War,” The Wilson Quarterly, Fall 2016.



15



5/25



Jojin V. John



 



16



6/1



Patrick Mendis



Could the US still remain as the global supreme power with the conflicting Chinese and American policies of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS)?



Readings:




  • Alexander Gabuev, “Why Russia and China Are Strengthening Security Ties: Is the US Driving Them Closer Together?” Foreign Affairs, September 24, 2018.

  • Patrick Mendis “Beijing's Ménluó Doctrine: If It was Good for America, Should It be Good for China?” Harvard International Review, Summer 2014.

  • Michael Mandelbaum, “The New Containment: Handling Russia, China, and Iran,” Foreign Policy, February 12, 2019



17



6/8



Patrick Mendis



Examine the key current global issues that would reshape the future of global governance and world order



Readings:




  • Elbridge Colby and David Ochmanek, “How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War,” Foreign Policy, October 29, 2019.

  • Michael Beckley, “In Future Wars, the US Military will have Nowhere to Hide,” Foreign Policy, November 20, 2019.

  • Weijian Shan, “A Delicate Truce in the US-Chinese Trade War: What Both Sides must Do to Forge a Better Peace,” Foreign Affairs, January 13, 2020.

  • Patrick Mendis, “Birth of a Pacific World Order: America’s First Pacific President and Sino-US Relations,” Harvard International Review, Spring 2013.



18



6/15



Fu-Kuo Liu, Patrick Mendis



Final Presentation




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

Class participation



Term paper



Group Presentation



*Further information will be introduce during the first day of the class


Textbook & Reference


  • George F. Kennan, “Stalin and China,” The Atlantic Monthly, May 1961. Edward Crankshaw, “Khrushchev and China,” The Atlantic Monthly, May 1961.




  • Michael M. Sheng, “Mao and China’s Relations with the Superpowers in the 1950s: A New Look at the Taiwan Strait Crises and the Sino-Soviet Split,” Modern China, October 2008.




  • Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang, “Peace and War in Sino-America: Forget the Headlines and Follow the Trendlines for a Better World,” Harvard International Review, Summer 2017.




  • Nick Frisch, “The Bolsheviks in Beijing: What the Chinese Communist Party Learned From Lenin,” Foreign Affairs, October 18, 2017.



  • James Palmer, “What China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union,” Foreign Policy, December 24, 2016.


  • Jeremy Page, “China Spins New Lesson from Soviet Union’s Fall, Chinese Film Blames Soviet Collapse not on Communist System but on Individuals Who Betrayed It,” The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2013.



  • Chris Buckley, “Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning,” The New York Times, February 14, 2013.

  • Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia, “The Great Leap Forward, the People’s Commune and the Sino-Soviet Split,” Journal of Contemporary China, November 2011.

  • Robert D. Kaplan, “Eurasia’s Coming Anarchy: The Risks of Chinese and Russian Weakness,” Foreign Affairs, March-April 2016.


  • Simon Denyer, “How Xi Jinping’s Presidency was Shaped by Traumas of Mao and Gorbachev,” The Guardian (London), March 6, 2015 and Simon Denyer, “Twin Historic Traumas Shape Xi Jinping’s China Presidency,” The Washington Post, March 2, 2015.




  • Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig, “The Meaning of Sharp Power: How Authoritarian States Project Influence,” Foreign Affairs, November 16, 2017.



  • Stapleton Roy and Charles Kraus, “The Communist Domino that Would not Fall: China’s Resilience at the End of the Cold War,” The Wilson Quarterly, Fall 2016.


  • Alexander Gabuev, “Why Russia and China Are Strengthening Security Ties: Is the US Driving Them Closer Together?” Foreign Affairs, September 24, 2018.




  • Patrick Mendis “Beijing's Ménluó Doctrine: If It was Good for America, Should It be Good for China?” Harvard International Review, Summer 2014.



  • Michael Mandelbaum, “The New Containment: Handling Russia, China, and Iran,” Foreign Policy, February 12, 2019

  • Elbridge Colby and David Ochmanek, “How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War,” Foreign Policy, October 29, 2019.


  • Michael Beckley, “In Future Wars, the US Military will have Nowhere to Hide,” Foreign Policy, November 20, 2019.




  • Weijian Shan, “A Delicate Truce in the US-Chinese Trade War: What Both Sides must Do to Forge a Better Peace,” Foreign Affairs, January 13, 2020.



  • Patrick Mendis, “Birth of a Pacific World Order: America’s First Pacific President and Sino-US Relations,” Harvard International Review, Spring 2013

     




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