This course examines three related sets of issues that will substantially influence the structure of international relations in the 21st century. First, the course explores the implications of globalization for the grand strategies of great powers' in particular, the United States and rising Asian powers (with a focus on China). Second, the course looks at the Persian Gulf as one of the world's most important emerging "nodes" of economic globalization in energy, finance, and the distribution of global production across a growing number of sectors. Third, the course examines the intensifying competition for strategic influence in the Gulf between the United States, the established regional "hegemon" and rising Asian powers' especially China.
*Special topic course