Leading Issues in International Relations

This course takes leading issues in International Relations as its central theme. As China becomes more important in the world, so does the rest of the world to China. Accordingly, this course will offer students from China and around the world the opportunity to study contemporary dynamics in International Relations while exchanging views and ideas in the same classroom in real time.

Students will delve into to the most critical issues and challenges facing the world today, including the changing world order and the global power shift, major power relations, trends in globalization and global governance, international conflicts and security, and the relationship among cultures and civilizations. The course will help students better understand the cultural differences and national interests of nations beyond the historical record while dealing with issues of immediate relevance.

Faculty: Amitav Acharya, Distinguished Professor and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC

SUN Xuefeng, Professor of International Relations and Executive Deputy Dean of the Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

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