INAF-636-01 ISD Capstone - U.S. Engagement in Southeast Asia: Past, Present and Future of the Rebalance Policy
Spring for 2016-2017
Nanavatty, Katherine
Much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia. This conviction underpinned the “Rebalance (or Pivot) to Asia” policy launched by the Obama Administration. This course will examine the origins, goals, and impact of contemporary U.S. efforts in Asia, with a specific focus on Southeast Asia. The ten countries of ASEAN are home to over 620 million diverse peoples, critical sea lanes, and more U.S. investment than China. In this course, students will gain a greater understanding of (i) the geopolitical context that has influenced U.S. policy formulation, (ii) accomplishments and challenges of the Rebalance from a diplomatic, military, and economic perspective, and (iii) the range of responses from China, longstanding allies, and emerging partners. Using case studies, including on ASEAN, the South China Sea, and Myanmar's democratic transition, students will evaluate the efficacy of U.S. policy, particularly against the backdrop of China’s growing assertiveness. What should the next chapter of U.S. engagement with Southeast Asia look like? How can U.S. policy makers most effectively promote a rules-based order and advance key national interests? This course, one of three that fulfills the capstone requirement for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (CDS), will require students to complete a joint report outlining policy recommendations for the next phase of our initiatives and interactions with this vital region. The instructor is an active duty Foreign Service Officer with over 10 years of diplomatic experience in Africa and Southeast Asia, including her two most recent assignments focused on maritime issues in Malaysia and promoting a diplomatic opening with Burma/Myanmar.

Open to non-CDS candidates on a space-available basis.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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