SKSU 6274 MALAYSIA AND SMALL-STATE STRATEGY

Synopsis
The study of “smaller states” (the non-great powers) is a relatively neglected area of inquiry in International Relations. This course aims to fill this gap by exploring the unique situation and value of smaller states in world politics, with Malaysia as a case study. The course consists of three parts. The first part focuses on the conceptual and analytical tools needed to explain various dimensions of small-power statecraft, especially concerning how weaker states survive in a world dominated by stronger powers, and why they pursue certain policy approaches the way they do. The second part examines Malaysia’s strategic concerns and diplomatic aspirations at the regional and global levels. Attention is paid on how and why, despite its inherent predicaments and vulnerabilities, the smaller state has endeavoured to punch above its weight on the evolution of ASEAN, the institutionalisation of East Asian cooperation, the creation of developing-countries-oriented initiatives, the participation in the United Nations and the peacekeeping operations. The third part provides opportunity for students to present their case studies on smallpower statecraft in different regions.

MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCES IN STRATEGY AND DIPLOMACY

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE INSTRUCTORS APPLICATION FORM

INSTITUTE OF DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN RELATIONS (IDFR)
Competency Enhancement Centre (CEC)
Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
Jalan Wisma Putra
50460 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Tel: +603 2149 1000
Fax: +603 2144 2529
Website: www.idfr.gov.my

Encik Suhaimi Salleh
Principal Assistant Director
Centre for Competency Enhancement
Email: [email protected] 

 

UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN (NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF) MALAYSIA (UKM)
Politics and Security Research Centre
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSK)
National University of Malaysia (UKM)
43600 Bangi, Selangor, MALAYSIA

Tel: +603 8921 3265/5710
Fax: +603 8921 3290
Website: http://www.ukm.my/ppsps/

Associate Professor Dr. Kuik Cheng Chwee
Programme Coordinator
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

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Master of Social Sciences in Strategy and Diplomacy