586-2: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF
Dr. Y.K. Wang
Office: Zulauf 416
Office Hours: M & W , and by appointment
This seminar is intended to
provide conceptual tools and historical background for the study of Chinese
foreign policy. It has two objectives. First, the course gives you an overview
Second, the course seeks to
explore the intersection between international relations theory and the
external behavior of the People’s Republic of
The following books should be available for purchase at the NIU Bookstore. For students with a limited budget, the books are also on 2-hour reserve at Founders Memorial Library. Items marked E-brary are available in e-Book format through the Library’s website at: http://www.niulib.niu.edu/books.cfm. Other required articles can be found on the course’s Blackboard website.
Thomas J. Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and
Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958.
Avery. Rising to the Challenge:
Alastair I., and Robert S. Ross. New Directions in the Study of
M. The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform,
1978-2000. Stanford, CA.:
Ross, Robert S.
Negotiating Cooperation: The
David L. Power Shift:
A Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism.
Grading will be based on:
Class Participation 15%
Three Oral Presentations 15%
Book Review 20%
Research Paper 50%
Class participation includes both attendance and discussion. Students should actively participate in class discussion as this is an important part of the learning process. I strongly encourage you to speak and share your thoughts and reactions to the materials covered in class. I will usually add points to your participation grade if you actively contribute to discussion.
During the semester, you will be assigned to do three oral presentations on the readings aimed to stimulate discussion. In your presentation, you should make connections between the readings, offer persuasive criticisms, analyze the methodology used, and raise questions. Do not simply summarize the readings; everybody is supposed to have read them! You should limit your presentation to ten minutes and distribute an outline beforehand. Your presentations will constitute 15% of your final grade.
For the book review (5-8 pages, double-spaced, size-12 font), you may select from the readings of this course. If you wish to review a book not listed on the syllabus, you must obtain approval from the instructor at least two weeks before the due date. In your essay, you should summarize the book’s main points and offer your own critique. Your summary should be no more than two pages. A good essay should go beyond the summary and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the book under review (e.g., methodology, credibility of sources, coherence of arguments, and structure). The essay is due in class on March 7. Ten percent of your essay grade will be deducted for each day the essay is late.
The research paper (20-25 pages, double-spaced, size-12 font) should be original. You must discuss the topic with me in advance and submit a one-page prospectus by March 28. The prospectus should include the central question, tentative argument, research method, and at leave five bibliographical sources. In addition, you are required to present your paper in one of the last two sessions of class and, depending on class size, serve as discussant for one or more papers of classmates. To give your classmates enough lead time, you must post a copy of your first draft on Blackboard by April 18. These presentations are designed to help you receive constructive feedback and strengthen your final paper. The revised paper is due in the department office on May 9 at Ten percent of your paper grade will be deducted for each day the prospectus, first draft, or revised paper is late. This penalty is cumulative, so please submit your assignments on time.
Your final letter grades will be based on the following grading scale:
90% to 100% = A
80% to 89% = B
70% to 79% = C
60% to 69% = D
0% to 59% = F
1. Late Assignments. I will not accept late assignments unless under extreme circumstances. You must inform me as soon as possible before the assignment due date. Requests without prior notification and documented evidence will not be accepted.
Important Due Dates:
Book Review March 7
Prospectus March 28
First Draft April 18
Final Paper May 9
(Any changes will be announced in class or on Blackboard)
Week 1 Overview and Organizational Meeting
Week 2 What Motivates
Garver, “The Legacy of the Past,” Foreign Relations of the People's Republic
Jian Chen, Mao's
Fei-Ling Wang, “Self-Image
and Strategic Intentions: National Confidence and Political Insecurity,” in
Yong Deng and Fei-Ling Wang eds., In the Eyes of the Dragon:
Yong Deng, “Conception of National Interests: Realpolitik, Liberal Dilemma, and the Possibility of Peaceful Change,” in Deng and Wang eds., In the Eyes of the Dragon, pp. 47-72.
Jianwei Wang, “Managing Conflict: Chinese Perspectives on Multilateral Diplomacy and Collective Security,” in Deng and Wang eds., In the Eyes of the Dragon, pp. 73-96.
Thomas Christensen, “Pride, Pressure, and Politics: The Roots of China’s Worldview,” in Deng and Wang eds., In the Eyes of the Dragon, pp. 239-256.
Thomas J. Christensen, Alastair I. Johnston, and Robert S. Ross, “Conclusion and Future Directions,” in Johnston and Ross, eds., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy, pp. 379-417.
Week 3 The Sino-Soviet
Christensen, Useful Adversaries, chapters 1-5.
Chen Jian, China’s Road to the Korean War (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).
on Rethinking the Lost Chance in
Week 4 Sino-U.S. Normalization
Robert S. Ross, Negotiating Cooperation: The
Week 5 Use of Force
Allen S. Whiting, "
J. Christensen, “Windows and War: Trend Analysis and
W. Garver, “
Goldstein, “Across the Yalu:
James Mulvenon, and Mark Stokes, “The Chinese Second Artillery Corps:
Transition to Credible Deterrence,” in James C. Mulvenon and Andrew N. D. Yang,
The People's Liberation Army as Organization: Reference Volume v1.0 (
and Abram N. Shulsky, Patterns in
Week 6 Chinese Nationalism and Foreign Policy
Zhao, A Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism
Week 7 ISA Conference (No Class)
Week 8 Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Book Review Due
Lu Ning, “The Central Leadership, Supraministry Coordinating Bodies, State Council Ministries, and Party Departments, in Lampton, ed., The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy, pp. 39-60.
Ming Cheung, “The Influence of the Gun:
Joseph Fewsmith and Stanley Rosen, “The Domestic Context of Chinese Foreign Policy: Does Public Opinion Matter?” in Lampton, ed., The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy, pp.151-187.
Bonnie S. Glaser and Phillip C. Saunders, “Chinese Civilian
Foreign Policy Research Institutes: Evolving Roles and Increasing Influence,” The
Week 9 Spring Break (No Class)
Week 10 Rising
Avery Goldstein, Rising to the Challenge: China's Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press, 2005), read entire book.
Week 11 Rising China’s Regional Strategy
One-page Prospectus Due
Shambaugh, “Return to the Middle Kingdom?
Yunling and Tang Shiping, “
D. Swaine, “
M. Lampton, “
Week 12 The
Christensen, Useful Adversaries, chapter 6.
Michael D. Swaine, “Chinese Decision-Making Regarding Taiwan, 1979-2000,” in Lampton ed., The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy, pp. 289-336.
Thomas J. Christensen,
"The Contemporary Security Dilemma: Deterring a
Robert S. Ross, "The 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait Confrontation: Coercion, Credibility and the Use of Force," International Security 25, no. 2 (Fall 2000), pp. 87-123.
Robert S. Ross,
“Comparative Deterrence: The Taiwan Strait and the
C. Saunders, "Long-Term Trends in China-Taiwan Relations: Implications for
Week 13 Globalization and Economic Integration
Pearson, “The Case of
Thomas Moore and Dixia Yang, “Empowered and Restrained: Chinese Foreign Policy in the Age of Economic Interdependence,” in Lampton, ed., The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, pp. 191-229.
Samuel S. Kim, “Chinese Foreign Policy Faces Globalization Challenges,” in Johnston and Ross, eds., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy, pp. 276-306.
“More Than Just Saying No:
Week 14 Can
First Draft Due
Zheng Bijian. "
Robert B. Zoellick, “Whither
Deng, “Reputation and the Security Dilemma:
Thomas J. Christensen,
"Fostering Stability of Creating a Monster? The Rise of
Jonathan D. Pollack, “The Transformation of the Asian Security Order: Assessing China’s Impact,” in Shambaugh ed., Power Shift, pp. 329-346.
Michael Yahuda, “The Evolving Asian Order: The Accommodation of Rising Chinese Power,” in Shambaugh ed., Power Shift, pp. 347-361.
Robert S. Ross, "Balance of Power Politics and the
Week 15 Presentation and Discussion of Research Papers
Week 16 Presentation and Discussion of Research Papers
May 9 Final Paper Due