SEST-580 Stability Challenges in S & SE Asia
Spring for 2017-2018
This course examines the major stability challenges affecting the region of South/Southeast Asia in 2017: 37 years of continuous war in Afghanistan, 70 years of India-Pakistan hostilities, Pakistan’s increasing stability crisis, regional terrorism and Indian and Chinese growing hegemony in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. Viewing the South/Southeast Asia region holistically, students analyze the causes and effects of these stability issues, discuss regional and global impact and offer possible resolutions to crises. Within this framework, the class considers how poor governance, corruption, sectarian violence and internal conflict can destabilize a country and how unresolved territorial disputes and demands for energy can lead to military confrontation. The class will focus on current regional developments in 2017 but it is beyond the scope of this semester-long course, however, to accord an in-depth study of all security issues in each and every country in the region.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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