This course provides an overview of the diplomatic traditions and directions of the countries we will be visiting on the cruise, especially Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, South Africa and selected African states which achieved independence in the post war period of decolonization. This comparative diplomatic history will look into the varying ways these nations define and pursue their national interests over time, and will examine in this regard the differing legal, political, social and cultural perspectives which go into the formulation of their national approaches to statecraft.
The mandatory Field Lab will take place on February 3 in Shanghai. Our class will be hosted by Dr. Shen Dingli, the Director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University. He will be joined by Jim Mullinax, Political and Economic Section Chief for the American Consulate in Shanghai, and by Kenneth Jarrett, current chairman of APCO Worldwide’s greater China region, former director of Asian affairs on the U.S. National Security Council and long-time American diplomat in the People’s Republic of China, to lead a daylong seminar on Chinese statecraft and U.S.-Sino relations. Students will afterwards prepare a Field Report assignment which will require them to utilize the diplomatic history and methods which we will have discussed to devise a diplomatic strategy for a contemporary problem in Sino-American relations.
Introduce students to the underpinnings of historical Chinese statecraft
Gain a sense of the ebb and flow of Sino-American relations in the post-World War II period
Become familiar with current issues in Sino-American relations