The global geopolitics of the first half of the twenty-first century and beyond will very likely be dominated by the international dynamics between China, Russia, the United States, and perhaps India. Though European nations will no doubt still have an important geopolitical role to play in world affairs, the focus of world power is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific Rim. Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are currently authoritarian leaders of the two prevailing Eurasian and Asian superpowers—Russia and China. In this course, we will primarily explore and compare in some detail the rise to power of these two world leaders as well as their domestic and foreign policies. Special emphasis will be given to the developing strategic alliance between China and Russia and its global-geopolitical implications and consequences. We will also consider the emerging rivalry between the United States on the one hand, and China and Russia on the other, and its probable world-historical consequences. The media and format of our study will be PowerPoint presentations by the instructor, suggested weekly readings of articles and chapters from relevant books, and class discussions of the presentations, readings and films shown in class. General Public/Members: $88/$82 Eight Sessions
Your Teacher: Dr. Tom Rainey received his Ph.D. in History and Russian Studies from the University of Illinois in 1966. Since then he has taught Russian and Eurasian studies at the University of Arkansas, Duke University, State University of New York at Buffalo, and since 1972 at The Evergreen State College. He is now Professor Emeritus from that institution, having recently retired from teaching there. He founded and taught for over 40 years in the Russia Program at TESC. He has published a monograph and numerous articles on Russian and Siberian environmental history. Tom remains a slave of Clio — the Muse of History.