"Contemporary challenges in South and East Asia" (SHRG.03.018)

Visiting lecturer Professor Agnieszka Kuszewska will be teaching a course on Asian politics at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. The lectures will be held between the 3rd and 5th of May.

Contemporary challenges in South and East Asia (SHRG.03.018), 3 credits 

The course objectives are to give basic understanding of the challenges of contemporary South and East Asia. It introduces various issues in the region, the strategies of superpowers and the problem of radicalization and terrorist threats. It will provide students with a better understanding of the political and strategic map of the world, solutions to international conflicts, and provide them with scenario building abilities. It is aimed at fostering a problem-solving attitude and the ability of analytical thinking.

Day 1, 3rd May: India and Pakistan

10:15-12:00 (Lossi 36-307) India vs. Pakistan: South Asia's power struggle

12.15 -14.00 (Lossi 36-207) Violent non-state actors and proxy war as major security threat in South Asia.

Day 2, 4th May: Kashmir conflict and human rights in India and Pakistan

10.15-12.00 (Lossi 36-214) Nuclear border: how to resolve the Kashmir conflict?

12.15-14.00 (Lossi 36-214) Post-colonial mindset? Human rights and legal status of Indian and Pakistani Kashmir: report from field work

Day 3, 5th May: Other players in the region

10:15-12:00 (Lossi 36-307) EU-India-China: where is the connection?

12.15-14.00 (Lossi 36-306) China vs. USA in South Asia: giants on collision course?

The course is open for registation on the study information system.

Agnieszka Kuszewska is Professor of Political Science at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Institute of Social Sciences) in Warsaw. She is also South Asia expert at Poland–Asia Research Centre, member of European Association for South Asian Studies and a board member of Polish Association of International Relations. Her research and teaching focus on international relations, conflict and security studies, political and social challenges of contemporary India and Pakistan and human rights (especially in Kashmir).

She is also the author of three books (in Polish: Understanding Pakistan. Radicalization, terrorism and other challenges, 2015; India and Pakistan in international relations. Conflicts, strategies and security, 2013 and India-Pakistan Kashmir conflict, 2010) and over sixty articles and research papers. She has presented papers on her field of research, including contemporary security challenges of South Asia, during many national and international conferences.