This course will examine the changing dynamics and innovative modes of diplomacy in Asia. The main focus will be on North-East Asia where China’s rise and accompanying efforts in various forms of diplomacy have made a deep impact on economic, political and military relations. By exploring a range of recent diplomatic issues in the Asian region it will analyze (1) the network of diplomatic relations within Asia and between the region and other major players such as the US and Europe; (2) evolving trends in Asian diplomacy.
The course is built up around thematic topics that illustrate a broadened notion of diplomacy in the region. Beginning with an introduction that will map out the political and security landscape in Asia, the course then moves on to explore the following themes: diplomatic styles and strategies; the multilateral arena; diplomatic negotiation and conflict resolution; public diplomacy; energy and environmental diplomacy; transnational and informal diplomacy.
This course aims to deepen the understanding of the possibilities and limits of diplomacy by providing knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of diplomatic processes in the Asian region. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grasp of the methods, style and practice of diplomacy in Asia, including non-traditional diplomacy. The course will familiarize students with general bilateral and multilateral relations in Asia as well as with specific diplomatic issues. As students will be required to make in-class presentations and debate issues, they will enhance their research, analytical and presentation skills.
Methods of Instruction
Lectures, guest lectures, group discussion, and presentations.
Students will read approximately 50-60 pages per week.
Reading assignments will be published well in advance on Blackboard. The texts will be available online and/or handed out by the lecturer.
1-2 p. briefing note (25%), presentation of briefing note (25%), essay of 2000 words (50%). Quality of participation in group discussions is taken into account when rounding off the end marks.
Tuesday 14 September till 21 September, 13.00-15.00 hrs. in building Stichthage The Hague, 13th floor room 13.06 and
Tuesday 28 September 13.00-17.00 hrs. in building Stichthage The Hague, 13th floor room 13.06 and
Tuesday 5 October 13.00-17.00 hrs. in building Stichthage The Hague, 13th floor room 13.43 and
Tuesday 12 October and 19 October 13.00-15.00 hrs. in building Stichthage The Hague, 13th floor room 13.10