Program Outline

In 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

19.00 – 19.30 Orientation / Ice Breaking Session /Egle Havrdova/

20.00 Welcome Dinner /Restaurant “Klempirna”, Záhřebská 19/


9.00 – 9.30 Introduction to Summer School Program

9.30 – 10.45 Lecture 1

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 2

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

15.00 – 18.00 Tours of Prague


09.30– 10.45 Lecture 3

10.15 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.45 – 11.00 Lecture 4

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 5

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Lecture 6

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Lecture 7

18.00 – 20.00 Happy Hour & Happy Hour Talk. /Pragovka. Multi Art & Culture
District, Kolbenova 34A/


09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 8

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 9

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 1

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 2

17.00 – 18.30 Guest Lecture


Free Day!!! Pragulic/ Trip to Kutna Hora or Karlštejn/ Exhibition/ Zoo/

19.00 Culture Night in Prague /“Stalin Containall”, Prague Metronome, Letna


09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 10

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 11

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 3

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 4

21.00 – 23.00 Boat Tour

FRIDAY 10 July

10.00 – 11.15 Lecture 12

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.45 Workshop 5

12.45 Free Time

17.30 Departure for Gröbeho vila

18.00 Final Remarks & 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.

Ivana Karásková

Ivana Karásková is a China Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs in Prague. She pursues her PhD at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, where she also lectures on Chinese foreign policy, China’s geopolitics and security in Northeast Asia. Ivana holds a double B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and International Relations and European Studies from the Masaryk University and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Charles University, Czech Republic. She spent several years on research and study stays in China (Fudan University, East China Normal University) and Taiwan (Tamkang University, Chengchi University). In 2009-2010 she was a Fulbright scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University in New York. Ivana contributed to and supervised a number of grants from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic, co-authored a book on Sino-Russian relations, and designed AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars (ALYAS), a unique educational project for Czech professionals interested in Asia affairs which has been successfully running for the past seven years.

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