July 3, 2022

Larus Presents Paper on the End of China’s Rise

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, presented the research paper “American Hegemony and Risen China,” [sic] at the virtual conference “The New Bipolarity: Where Does Canada Fit into the US-China Rivalry?” Carleton University, Ottowa, Canada, May 12, 2022. The conference is available for viewing on YouTube.

Larus Speaks for Talk Show, Panel Discussion

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the April 12 episode of the Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers Xi Jinping’s agenda for China and the importance of Communist Party factions in Chinese politics. Watch the episode.

Larus also participated in the March 31 panel discussion “The Impact of Hong Kong and Taiwan on U.S.-China Relations” organized by the Asia Society and the Bush China Foundation. Professor Larus commented that U.S. businesses in Hong Kong have suffered a double whammy with COVID-19 and implementation of the National Security Law. She also indicated that the threat of military escalation in the Taiwan Strait is real but not immediate, and that the America Competes Act is a response to a national security threat posed by China. The panel discussion is viewable on YouTube.

Larus Comments on Ukraine War on Vietnam News

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, offered commentary on Russia’s war in Ukraine on Vietnam News. Dr. Larus claimed that Ukraine and Russia are locked in a war of attrition and that the war is going to last months or perhaps years. Dr. Larus indicated that supplying Ukraine with NATO arms will help Ukraine fight against Russia but will not lead to a decisive victory, and that it will be difficult for Ukraine, even with NATO arms, to undo the success that Russia has had in taking Mariupol and other areas in the east. Her comments begin at 13 minutes into the program.

Larus Speaks at Stafford Rotary

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was guest speaker at the March 9 meeting of the Stafford Rotary. Larus offered an account of her career path and stressed the value of mentorship. She also commented on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, claiming that fighting would likely intensify in the coming weeks.

Larus Appears on Webcast on Hong Kong, Taiwan’s Impact on U.S. Policy Toward China

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus participated in a webcast on AsianPolyGlotView.com entitled, “How Hong Kong and Taiwan Impact the Future of U.S. Policy Toward China.” Watch here. 

 

Larus Publishes Book Chapter on Taiwan’s Military

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs published her chapter “Taiwan’s Military Posture toward China’s Confrontational Stance,” with Agata Wiktoria Ziętek (Marie Curie-Skłodowska University) in Taiwan: Environmental, Political and Social Issues? Caleb M. Clark, Karl Ho, and Alexander C. Tan. The chapter employs defensive realist theory to analyze Taiwan’s military response to China’s threats. The chapter, based on Professor Larus’s field research in Taiwan, finds that domestic considerations, such as an economy that has already matured and is experiencing lower than previous growth rates, shifting demographics, and difficulties in implementing restructuring of the military all present nearly insurmountable challenges to Taiwan’s military modernization and defense capabilities. These domestic limitations are compounded by the hesitation of many countries to sell arms to Taiwan or to engage in weapons development with Taiwan. The book may be purchased through the publisher at https://novapublishers.com/shop/taiwan-environmental-political-and-social-issues/ or though Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Taiwan-Environmental-Political-Social-Issues/dp/1536198374

Larus Participates in Roundtable on Democracy and Human Rights

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs virtually participated in the Roundtable “COVID-19 Pandemic as a Challenge to Democracy and Human Rights in China and Taiwan” at Jagellonian University, Krakow, on November 29, 2021. Professor Larus commented that the U.S. media has grown more critical of China since the advent of COVID-19 and more favorably disposed to Taiwan, shaping the message that the media convey. She also indicated that COVID-19 reinforced autocratic rule in China and democracy in Taiwan, and that COVID-19  weakened China’s soft power, which had been waning before the outbreak of the pandemic.

Biden Administration’s Approach to North Korea (Vietnam News)

Larus Comments on Vietnam News and Newsy

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

PSIA Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus recently commented on Vietnam News on the Biden administration’s approach to North Korea. She indicated that President Biden appears to have accepted the Singapore framework agreed on at the 2018 Trump-Kim meeting, which called for parallel progress toward the goals of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, peace and security on the peninsula, improved U.S.-North Korean relations, and the repatriation of American prisoners of war and missing in action remains from the Korean War. Professor Larus’ comments begin at 11 minutes into the program, accessible at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/the-gioi-360-do-ngay-23-10-2021-15856.htm

Dr. Larus also commented on Newsy’s November 9 “Morning Rush” broadcast that China’s mock-up of the U.S. warships indicates that China is deadly serious about Taiwan and the South China Sea. China has been beefing up its naval power to deter the United States from coming to Taiwan’s aid in a military confrontation with China. The United States needs to counter China’s naval modernization with stronger air-sea power and credible alliances. The video is downloadable at https://wetransfer.com/downloads/fd8b20313e8a2c3f6ab5a89e9eca170520211110135823/3a8b6be2ce6b62b3b992be37a7455bfa20211110135852/58b0a2.

Larus Comments on China Aggression Against Taiwan on Newsy morning news program

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, conducted an interview on China’s aggression against Taiwan on Newsy morning program, Oct 12. Professor Larus commented that recent incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ by Chinese military planes signal to both Taiwan and the U.S. that China will never relinquish its claims to the island.