Geopolitical Games: Foreign Policy of Russia and China

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geopolitical Games: Foreign Policy of Russia and China

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course offers insights into understanding of foreign policy of so-called modern autocracies – China and Russia. Both states are located in Eurasia. They have overlapping interests, competing goals, and they face sometimes similar external challenges (such as, for example, democratic diffusion). The course offers insights into strategy of foreign policy of both states, contrasting and comparing their geopolitical battles. The course is structured in the following way: (1) theory of foreign policy analysis; (2) historical legacies in foreign policy of China and Russia; (3) goals and challenges of foreign policies of two states; (4) shared geopolitical space (struggle over the dominance in Central Asia); (5) impact and implications of their foreign policies.
    The topics above will be discussed within the context of specific case-studies during the period of 1991-2018. This course examines comparatively the development of foreign policy of China and Russia over the last 30 years accounting for the presence of historical legacies and changing externalities. The course will focus on specific challenges faced by both states, such as, for example, democracy promotion (e.g., the enlargement of the EU in early 2000s). It will look at how both states deal with these challenges. Moreover, the course will focus on the analysis of the strategies employed by China and Russia in terms of their own cooperation as well as competition over geopolitical space.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.