Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

PA 974 China’s Rise and the Future of Foreign Policy (**)


Dave Rank

After three decades of revolutionary politics, forty years of unprecedented economic growth have left China poised to become once again the predominant power in Asia. Today’s China increasingly is a credible rival to the United States for global leadership. This has implications for the political, security and economic structures that have been the foundation of the international system since the end of the Second World War. This course looks at shifts within China since the low ebb of Chinese power at the turn of the last century, the impact of China’s ascent on global systems and the U.S.-China relationship, the challenges a rising China will pose for policymakers in the years ahead and the issues China will need to address if it is to realize fully Xi Jinping’s vision of “national rejuvenation.” The course looks at these issues through the eyes of a practitioner who spent three decades working on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-China relations. In addition to examining the substance of the challenges created by China’s rise, the class will look at the mechanics of the policy process.

Spring 2021 Syllabus