TAS219 The USA, Russia and China: The Modern Struggle for Eurasia

Teacher responsible:

Professor Patrick Vaughan

Brief course description:

This class will examine the great issues that have marked the historically complex relationship between the United States, Russia and China. Over the course of the semester the class will analyze the nineteenth century quest for empire, the ideological struggles of the Cold War era, and conclude with the current international tensions as each power attempts to adjust to the vast geopolitical changes that have already marked the new century.


This course is designed for students with a basic background in world history. At the conclusion of the course the student should be able to identify and comprehend the most significant issues concerning this struggle and what direction it may take in the future.


Over the course of the semester the student will be introduced to the political, economic, military and social issues that have historically pitted the United States, China and Russian within the Eurasian region.

Reading list:

Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives