US-China-Russia Relations: Foreign Policy


Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War and Pandemic Era

Instructed by Michael M. Lustig

How and why did relations among the United States, China and Russia deteriorate in the Post-Cold War period? What were their relations during the recent coronavirus pandemic? Why has foreign policy become extraordinarily volatile and confusing? How much would you attribute this to style and lack of political leadership? From the coronavirus experience, have these great powers learned any lessons concerning the public health catastrophe? In this lively, interactive seminar, students will examine the great-power rivalry, the coronavirus controversy, the political, economic and military rise of China, as well as the resurgence of Russian authoritarianism. We’ll ask the question: If Russia and China have become more powerful states, does the United States need a different foreign policy? What exactly has the United States policy been towards China and Russia?  Michael M. Lustig is the author of an article on “Mikhail Gorbachev” in Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling, eds., Statesmen Who Changed the World. Mr Lustig received an advanced degree in history from Brown University, and has instructed foreign policy, social science, and modern European history at Brown and Boston University for over a decade. He is keenly interested in Post-Cold War politics, and since 2002 has been involved in editing social science and history texts.