The 21st century world is composed of evolving configurations of nations striving to sustain economic progress and to produce public goods to support that progress. Understanding how these efforts take different forms in different regional contexts involving both state and non-state actors is critical for grasping both prospects for sustaining national economic development and for the nature of world politics. This course will examine such efforts in comparative context including current arrangements in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, South-East Asia, Europe, Central Eurasia, and North America. This course will also provide an in-depth understanding of recent Chinese-led initiatives such as The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, One-Belt, One Road, and related initiatives that are transforming the concept and practice of regionalism with potentially global application. It will discuss how these efforts are likely to impact development in specific nations and how they will shape the future of world politics.
By taking this course, students will be able to describe the key concepts of regionalism in international relations and socio-economic development, to apply them to policy choices facing leaders throughout the world, and to evaluate the dynamics central to them demonstrating their capability to think critically and creatively.