China’s Global Rise and its National Security Implications


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.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand China in ways that are most relevant to individual requirements.
  • Understand the challenge and opportunities posed by China's rise.
  • Develop a practical understanding of China’s decision-making process.
  • Appreciate the role played by China’s foreign policy and security organizations.
  • Understand China's impact on the global environment and its link to global security.



  • This course is aimed at officials, policy-makers, planners, and subject matter experts from government, military, NGOs and relevant private sector bodies, as well as graduate students and scholars who seek a deeper understanding of China to support the decision-making process.



12 hours



  • $995 (plus tax)
  • Courses offered in 2023: $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Christopher Bullock is a senior analyst in the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces. He has worked in the Canadian security and intelligence community for the past 15 years. He worked and studied for four years in the People’s Republic of China. He holds a BA (Political Science) and an MA (Strategic Studies) from the University of Calgary, and a graduate certificate from the US National Intelligence University. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Leicester, UK.