U.S. Rebalance to Asia
Concentrations: Policy Analysis; Economic Analysis
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the U.S. “rebalance” to Asia. The course begins with a discussion of the stakes, focusing on economic, demographic, and geo-political trends in Asia and the region’s growing importance to U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security interests. The next part of the course explores China’s rise and its implications for the United States and countries in the region. This part of the course focuses on what China’s growing power means for the regional order. It also examines Chinese military modernization over the past two decades. The third part of the course addresses the implementation of the rebalance, including its military, economic, and diplomatic components. The next part of the course examines regional perspectives on the rebalance and geo-political dynamics within the region. The final part of the course will examine potential flashpoints in the region, with a focus on maritime territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, and assess how the “rebalance” is likely to progress going forward, as well as what this will mean for the future of the U.S. alliance system and the regional diplomatic, economic and security order.