International Studies | Topic: Sea Power & Globalization
I300 | 7270 | Steuer, K.
Note:This course will be taught jointly via video link with the
University of Southern Denmark. Students will have the opportunity to
discuss and share their viewpoints with their counterparts in
Denmark. The course will also be using computer simulations in which
American and Danish students will be participating jointly.
Globalization - "[T]he inexorable integration of markets, nation-
states, and technologies to a degree never witnessed before-in a way
that is enabling individuals, corporations and nation-states to reach
around the world farther, faster, deeper and cheaper than ever
before . . . . "
(T.L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, 1999, p. 7-8).
While the history and affect of globalization has been widely
discussed and debated in recent years, more often than not the major
instrument of that process, sea power, has been generally ignored or
mentioned only in passing. Yet the process of globalization has been
inextricably linked and driven by the application of sea power. In
turn, sea power as applied by the various nation-states has been
dependant on the trade generated by globalization. The truth of this
statement can be seen in the simple fact that the United States
imports approximately 85% of its strategic materials and that
virtually all of those come by sea.
Globalization and Sea Power will survey the use of sea power by
China,Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Japan
and the United States and how they applied it to support their
economic and political interests around the world, and thus
influence the process of globalization.