EPIIC 2021 Overview


The 2020-21 Sherman Teichman EPIIC Colloquium


EXP 0079 XF • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-5:00pm
Dr. Abi Williams
Director, Institute for Global Leadership
All interested students must come to the first class on Tuesday,
September 8, 3:00pm, Lane 100


EPIIC is a yearlong course worth four SHUs per semester. “China and the World” has been approved by the International Relations Faculty Board as a Social Science requirement for students in the International Security Concentration


The rapid rise of China as a major political, economic, military and diplomatic power is one of the most significant developments in world affairs. As a global actor, China impacts every region, from Asia to North America, from Africa to Europe, from Latin America to the Middle East. Its influence is felt in every issue area from climate change to global health, from digital technology to the global economy, from cybersecurity to trade, as well as on global norms and institutions.

China’s growing role is shifting the balance of power and raising fundamental questions about the nature of the contemporary global order. Some of the questions the EPIIC Colloquium will address include: What are the factors that shape Chinese foreign policy? How will the world adapt to a rising superpower? How can the U.S. better engage with and respond to China’s rise? What is the future of China’s evolving multifaceted relations with Africa, Southeast Asia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, and the European Union? How is China’s engagement in the United Nations changing in the areas of peace and security? What is China’s role in global economic governance?

INSTRUCTOR: Abi Williams (F’87) is the Director of the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), and Professor of the Practice of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Williams brings to both positions thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the varied worlds of think tanks, the United Nations, and academia. He received his M.A.L.D. in 1986 and his PhD in International Relations in 1987 from The Fletcher School. He is an alumnus of IGL’s flagship program, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) and in 2001 received the EPIIC Alumnus Award. In 2012, he was recognized for his global service and received the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. He joined Tufts in 2017 after a four-year tenure as the first President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Prior to leading The Hague Institute, Dr. Williams served at the United States Institute of Peace as Senior Vice President of the Center for Conflict Management and as the Director of Strategic Planning for United Nations Secretaries-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan in New York.