The rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from an agrarian society to a global great power has been one of the defining features of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Governments worldwide must grapple with a global environment influenced by a state that is shaping the international order to accommodate its rise. Participants will look beyond superficial headlines and focus on a practical and real-world examination of China. They will learn about the key decision makers of China’s domestic and foreign policy, and how policy decisions are made in Beijing.
The course will examine how China organizes its decision-making and security structures, and the role they play in China and abroad. It will also explore the security and policy implications of the PRC's global initiatives and activities, including the role of state-owned enterprises and the Belt and Road Initiative.