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Southeast Asia: Between the United States and China in Turbulent Times

Professor Kai Ostwald

Southeast Asia’s delicate balancing act between the United States and China has undergone abrupt change recently. President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced his country’s “separation” from the United States, in favor of closer ties with China. Shortly after, Malaysia declared “new heights” in its China relationship, which includes not just controversial new economic investments, but also joint military cooperation. Similar shifts have occurred in Cambodia and Thailand. The collapse of the TPP, together with China’s higher tolerance of domestic political scandal within ASEAN countries, are likely to nudge the region’s countries further into China’s orbit. We explore the potential consequences of this for U.S.–Southeast Asia relations, as well as for the South China Sea dispute.

Instructor: Kai Ostwald is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD from UC San Diego. He conducts research on the domestic politics of Southeast Asia, as well as on the region’s integration.

Coordinator: Indu Eerikal

Course Number: OSHR-70048   Credit: 0 units


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05/09/2017 In-class 123334 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla