Faculty Publications

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China in Africa: presence, perceptions and prospects

Published: October 2014 | Related Faculty: Fei-Ling Wang


This article reports and analyzes China's presence in Africa with an emphasis on how that has been perceived by the Africans. Based on the findings from surveys and field research conducted in eight sub-Saharan African countries and interviews with scholars and practitioners from other African countries as well as Chinese and Americans in Africa, we outline the diverse, complicated and evolving African perceptions about China's explosive presence in general and the booming Chinese business activities in particular that now range from love to suspicion.

Why Study International Affairs?

Published: August 2014 | Related Faculty: Joseph R. Bankoff


Short article published regarding reasons why students might choose to study International Affairs

“Natural Gas and the Ukraine Crisis: From Realpolitik to Network Diplomacy,”

Published: August 2014 | Related Faculty: Adam N. Stulberg


The current crisis in Ukraine has again foisted natural gas diplomacy to the fore of great power politics. Many view the gas weapon as Moscow’s continuing trump card for coercing Kyiv with impunity and keeping Europe at bay. As was the case during the 2006 and 2009 gas wars, the asymmetric trading relationships and state control over the Russian gas monopoly, Gazprom, seem to present Vladimir Putin’s regime with an effective resource nationalist stranglehold to advance a broad neo-imperial agenda.

The War We Won’t Expect

Published: June 2014 | Related Faculty: Margaret E. Kosal


What’s scarier: Unknown technologies used to wage war in the future, or the lack of tools and policy to anticipate them?
Today’s most cutting-edge innovations—designed for a diverse range of applications—also carry the potential to revolutionize tomorrow’s military capabilities. And they’re not the stuff of science fiction. Wars of the not-so-distant future will undoubtedly be fought using nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, neuroscience and information in ways most of us can’t begin to fathom.

"The Development of China’s Developmental State: Environmental Challenges and Stages of Growth"

Published: June 2014 | Related Faculty: Brian Woodall


Similarities in institutional responses at comparable levels of advancement suggest that the East Asian developmental state evolves through discernible stages. To test this premise, we explore the state of affairs in post-1978 China by focusing on a key subset of the broad set of consequences produced by the obsessive pursuit of profit and improved productivity. Specifically, we focus on the institutional responses of Chinese state actors to pressure to address environmental degradation, which is an inevitable social cost of the developmental state’s business-first growth strategy.