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This subject examines past, present and future responses of the United States toward the rising powers of Asia. A particular focus is the US-India relationship and how it has evolved to counter Chinese power. Despite both being democracies and historical rivals of the People’s Republic, the US and India have not been natural allies. The internal and external factors explaining how and why Washington and New Delhi relate to one another and to Asia more broadly, including domestic demographics and geopolitical conflict, frame our discussions.
The subject is delivered as a 5-day intensive on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in Delhi, India. The subject is co-taught with academics from JNU’s School of International Studies with appropriate visits to diplomatic and government departments in New Delhi.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Demonstrate a specialist understanding of US foreign policy toward Asia generally and India specifically
- Show a good capacity to communicate research in written form
- Have developed the analytical skills to evaluate the core issues raised by America's response to the rise of Indian and Chinese power
- Have an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates about US policy toward Asia generally and India specifically
- Be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research
Last updated: 8 November 2019