Indo-Pacific Security

This course explores the principal hard-power security issues facing East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia as well as Oceania. Known as the “Indo-Pacific,” this enormous region is comprised of dozens of countries, many of which are critical to the security of the United States.

The goal of this course is to offer students a survey of the key challenges facing the Indo-Pacific including:

  • China’s economic and military rise
  • sovereignty disputes between China and Taiwan as well as numerous Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea
  • North Korea’s expanding missile and nuclear weapons arsenal
  • maintaining peace in the nuclear-charged India-Pakistan relationship
  • competition among great powers in Afghanistan and Central Asia, and
  • China’s growing influence in Pacific Island nations.

By the end of the course, students should have a greater appreciation for and awareness of how the Indo-Pacific impacts U.S. security interests.