Special Topic: US Strategy towards Asia and the Middle East
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
American Studies, Asian Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
40 pts from INTP 200-299 or POLS 200-299;
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course compares recent American strategy towards Asia and the Middle East, both important regions. It considers US approaches to regional security issues including Asia?s territorial disputes and the Middle East peace process, and the competitive demands the two regions place on Washington's finite military and diplomatic resources. 50% internal assessment, 50% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. depict the main features of American strategy, and its relevance to different parts of the
2. analyse the changes and continuities in US strategy towards Asia with reference to US
relations with particular regional countries
3. analyse the changes and continuities in US strategy towards the Middle East with reference
to US relations with particular regional countries
4. evaluate the likelihood and sustainability of a shift in US strategic priorities
1500-word short written assignment- 15%
3000-word essay- 35%
Final exam- 50%
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