Course Title: ‘U.S. National Security’
Instructor: Professor Edward Rhodes, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University (USA)
Date: June 29 - July 3, 2015
The spring semester will end in less than one month. The AIU students are becoming busier with final assignments and tests; this means the 24-hour Nakajima Library is being fully used! The Invited Overseas Lectures Series has just concluded the last course for this semester. The lecture was titled, ‘U.S. National Security’ (June 29-July 3, 2015), which was taught by Professor Edward Rhodes from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University, U.S.A. He is an expert in American national security and foreign policy and international behavior, and he had an extensive exposure to both academia and practice in this field. In the past he has lectured at universities in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as having helped oversee the preparation and publication of the U.S. State Department’s official, documentary record of American foreign policy and participating in the U.S. Navy’s strategic planning efforts.
The course aimed at introducing the intellectual underpinnings of U.S. national security policy and the history that shaped the development of U.S. national security institutions, as well as how these are linked to the current practices. The course covered topics such as: the logic and development of the modern state; the American political tradition; homeland security; U.S. security interests in the Japanese-Chinese-ROK (Republic of Korea) triangular relationship; and ‘postmodern’ security institutions and agenda.
‘The class was really interesting and the teacher was passionate about his field of study’, one student commented. Another student said: ‘It was very interesting to learn the way American people perceive their own history. I had never thought how the values in U.S. society have such an influence on its policies.’ Prof. Rhodes said: ‘the students were quite engaged with the course content but they seemed quite shy to interact. I wish there were more time where students could get to know the instructor more.’ At the same time, he said ‘teaching Japanese students helped me look at the U.S. national security issue through different lenses.’
This summer, George Mason University will host Mr. Shuhei Takemoto, an AIU lecturer in the Global Studies Program, as a visiting scholar under the Lecture Exchange Program (‘Dispatching AIU Faculties Overseas’) of the Global Human Resources Development (GHRD) initiative. The GHRD is clearly paving the way for further educational and academic exchange, as well as other endeavors in collaboration with partner institutions. The AIU students and faculty are awaiting the next round of unique and inspiring lectures as part of the Invited Overseas Lectures Series to start in September, 2015.