The focus of the China Program in 2016-2017 is to advance U.S.-China collaboration in Africa in the area of peace and security and health assistance. It seeks a graduate assistant that can conduct research and produce reports on these two important subjects.
The graduate assistant will first conduct research and write a report on how the U.S. and China engage Africa in advancing peace and security since the beginning of 21st century. This report will include the following:
1. What are the U.S. activities in the area of peace and security?
2. What are the Chinese activities in the area of peace and security?
3. What are the characteristics of these activities respectively?
4. Have the two countries worked together in this area?
5. Make recommendation on potential U.S.-China collaboration in the future.
Once this assignment is completed, the graduate assistant will conduct research and produce a report on how the U.S. and China provide health assistance in Africa in since the 1970s (this is the decade when China began to offer health assistance to African countries). This report will include the following:
1. What are the types of health assistance the U.S. has been offering to African countries?
2. What are the types of health assistance China has been offering to African countries?
3. What are the differences between the two countries in this kind of important developmental aid?
4. What are the lessons that can be learned from both the American and Chinese practices in health assistance to Africa?
5. How have the African countries responded to the American and Chinese health assistance?
6. What triggered the U.S.-China collaboration in the fight against Ebola in 2015?
7. Can the U.S. and China compare notes in this area and come up with a white paper on the best practices of health assistance to Africa?
8. Design a pilot project involving both countries in one health assistance area.
In between these two projects, the graduate student is expected to provide research and some administrative support for the U.S.-China-Africa consultation project.
The following timeline and benchmarks will be used to evaluate the progress of the research by the graduate assistant:
– 2nd month: literature review and outline of the first report
– 4th month: first draft report due and to be reviewed by program staff
– 5th month: publish the report at uscnpm.org website or at an outside outlet and begin research on the second report
– 6th month: literature review and outline for the second report
– 8th month: second draft report due and to be reviewed by the program staff
– 10th month: revise report and publish it at uscnpm.org website or an outside outlet
– 11th month: complete pilot project design and identify potential American and Chinese partners;
– 12th month: present the findings and design to government and non-governmental players in China and the U.S.
– Must be a currently enrolled graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral student
– Must have strong analytical and writing skills
– Must have knowledge of international developments, international security and peace
– Chinese language capability and web editorial skills are highly desirable
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