07/19/2019? International Security in Asia
Lecture Topic: International Relations Theory
Class taken by Dr. Raviprasad Narayanan
Dr.Raviprasad Narayanan is Associate Professor at Center for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also holds PhD from Center for East Asian Studies, Jawaharal Nehru University, New Delhi. He specializes in Indian foreign policy and Indian-Chinese ralations.
This class provided a compact and concise concept of international relations theory: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism. His lecture started with Realism that discussed case studies in many parts in the world. He put the US’s shift diplomatic relation from Republic of China (Taiwan) to People’s Republic of China as the clear example because it was motivated by Herry Kissinger and Richard Nixon that realized China is a big market they cannot ignore. However, this school failed to predict the fall of Soviet Union that is a major debate.
One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR) also raised in the class. He stressed the worrying sound because China is eager to overcome India in South Asia and they have a clear vision what and how to achieve their goals. By contrast, India lost an opportunity to invest in the well-know port in Sri Lanka, named Hambantota, now controlled by China under 99-years leasing contract. This port surely does not benefit Sri Lanka due to the fact that most vessels are Chinese and Chinese warships dock at this port. Consequently, it is inevitable that the security situation in this region is deteriorated.
Due to the limited time in class, there is only one question. The issue about Indian-Chinese relation was asked: How India deals with China? He traced back to the history that India had very poor intelligent agency many decades ago so it caused the policy miscalculation. To make it worse. It created unnecessary wars that turned out India had more injured and casualties. Now India run by old politicians and the bureaucracy makes the policy implementation slower so India cannot handle the threats and the challenges well, especially the issues on China.