Program Outline

outline5In order to answer the question in its title, the summer school will examine the interrelated issues from a broad multidisciplinary perspective. China’s growing global economic influence has raised a number of questions both at domestic and international levels, as this remarkable growth has resulted in a number of negative economic and social outcomes, such as wide-spread pollution and growing income inequality.

Classes will thus explore the full set of economic, military and political factors that led to China’s rise to the world stage, as well as its critical implications.

By focusing on its relations with the United States, Russia, Africa and South-East Asia, lectures will also provide a dynamics understanding of China’s role at the international, continental and regional levels. Issues of great international concerns will be examined, such as Tibet, Taiwan and the East Chinese Sea, just to mention some. Of course a lot of attention will be paid to the Trump administration’s China policy and latest developments within the U.S.-Russia-China triangle.

The program will also point at the concerns relating to China’s growing demand for energy and raw materials and its emergence as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses. In fact, China’s economic growth model has emphasized the growth of heavy industry, much of which is energy and pollution intensive. Even though the level of pollution continues to worsen, posing serious health risks to the population, the Chinese government often disregards national and supranational environmental laws in order to further promote economic growth.

The main topics which will be addressed include:

  • China’s Rise
  • Bejing & Hard Power Vs. Soft Power
  • China Vs the United States, Trump’s China Policy
  • The Taiwan Issue
  • Democracy in China
  • Economic & trade issues
  • Recent Changes in Chinese Society
  • 2012/13: China’s Leadership Transition
  • Tensions over the South China Sea
  • China, Japan & the East China Sea

Schedule (Preliminary)


12.00 – 18.00   Registration

18.30 – 19.30   Orientation / Ice Breaking Session /Egle Havrdova/

20.00                  Welcome Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”, Záhřebská 14/



10.00 – 11.15   Introduction to Program

11.15 – 11.30   Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.45   Lecture 1

12.45 – 15.00   Lunch

15.00 – 18.00   Tours of Prague

19.00                  Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/



09.30 – 10:45    Lecture 2

10.45 – 11.00    Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15    Lecture 3

12.15 – 13.00    Lunch

13.00                   Departure for site visit

14.00 – 15.00    Site visit

16.30 – 17.30    Guest Lecture

18.00 – 19.00    Happy Hour /Café v Lese/

19.30                   Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/



09.30 – 10.45    Lecture 4

10.45 – 11.15    Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.30    Lecture 5

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 15.15    Workshop 1

15.15 – 15.30    Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45    Workshop 2

17.30 – 18.30    Guest Lecture

19.00 – 20.00    Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/

21.00                   Clubbing in Prague



Free Day!!!:       Tours of Prague /Pool Party/ Trip to Kutna Hora

20.00                   Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/

22.00                   Czech Movie at the Summer School venue



09.30 – 10.45    Lecture 6

10.45 – 11.00    Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15    Lecture 7

12.15 – 13.30    Lunch

13.30 – 14.45    Workshop 3

14.45 – 15.00    Coffee Break

15.00 – 16.15    Workshop 4

17.30 – 18.30    Guest Lecture

19.00                   Dinner /Restaurant “Hlučná Samota”/

21.00 – 23.00    Boat Tour



09.30 – 10.45    Lecture 8

10.45 – 11.00    Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15    Workshop 5

12.45 – 16.00    Lunch / Free Time

17.00                   Departure for Gröbeho vila

17.30 – 19.00    Commencement

20.00                   FAREWELL PARTY/Gröbeho vila, Havlíčkovy sady, Praha 2/






Jakub Leps

Jakub Leps – a Fulbright researcher with degrees in economics, American studies and political science, Jakub’s primary focus is on Sino-American relations. In recent years he has taught a course on Chinese-American relations at Charles University and courses on Modern China & Globalization at UNYP-Empire State College. He has written several academic articles as well as book chapters dealing with Asia and U.S. foreign policy and can be frequently heard on the radio & TV, commenting on various foreign policy issues. He also works as editorial director of the leading online media monitoring company EIN News.


Jana Sehnalkova

Jana graduated from the Institute of International Studies of Charles University, Department of American Studies, where she focused on Sino-American relations. In 2004-2006, she studied at the Graduate Institute of American Studies of Tamkang University in Taiwan, where she pursued a study of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States. She also worked as an intern at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic and Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of the Executive Yuan of the ROC, Taiwan. She has been an assistant professor at the Department of American Studies of Charles University in Prague, where she teaches courses on U.S. history, Cross-Strait relations, and U.S. policy towards China and Taiwan. In addition to teaching and academic research she also serves as deputy director at Prague’s American Center.

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