The rise of China

Since the beginning of the 21st century, China’s rise has become one of the most hotly debated and controversial issues in international politics. Observers increasingly worry that China’s emergence as an economic and political heavyweight shifts the global balance of power permanently, with profound consequences for world order.

The purpose of this course is to examine the various dimensions of China’s rise, focusing in particular on its implications for international security and world order. The course has three themes.

  • First, it provides students with deeper knowledge of the different theoretical assumptions that guide research on and expectations of China’s rise.
  • Second, the course pays attention to the production of China-related (security) knowledge in order to account for the politics of “sense-making” around China’s rise.
  • Third, the course addresses various empirical issues pertaining to China’s military, economic and cultural rise while paying attention to the complex domestic situation.


Ms. Stephanie Winkler is a final year PhD Candidate in International Relations at Stockholm University and an associate research fellow at the Swedish Defence University. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the politics of China’s rise, the phenomenon of travelling concepts and specifically the soft power concept.

She was a visiting fellow at the Department of Government at Harvard University (2019/2020), the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington
University (2018) and Beijing University (2018). She has conducted fieldwork in China, Japan and the USA. Before moving to Sweden, Stephanie was a lecturer at the BA of International Studies at Leiden University, teaching International Politics, Politics of East Asia, Economics of East Asia and History of East Asia.