September 27, 2021

Larus Comments on Vice President Harris’ Visit to SE Asia

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented on U.S. Vice President Harris’ visit to Singapore and Vietnam. Professor Larus indicated that The visit demonstrates the good relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam, which has become more substantive, trusting, and effective.

View her commentary at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/quan-he-viet-nam-hoa-ky-tiep-tuc-phat-trien-tot-dp-10297.htm

 

Larus Comments on Biden’s China Ambassador Pick

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, commented on President Biden’s nomination of diplomat Nicholas Burns as U.S. Ambassador to China, on the Indus News program In Focus South Asia on August 23, 2021. Professor Larus claimed that the choice of a career foreign service officer, rather than a political associate, signals the need for a seasoned diplomat to handle increasingly tense relations with China. Her comments can be accessed at
https://m.facebook.com/indusdotnews/videos/in-focus-south-asia-future-of-us-china-relations-indus-news/375762564013743/

Future of US-China Relations (Indus News)

PSIA Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus July 31 commented on visits by US government officials to Southeast Asia. (Vietnam News)

Larus Comments on Vietnam News on U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations

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

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

PSIA Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus commented on Vietnam national news on visits by U.S. government officials to Southeast Asia. Professor Larus gave U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin high marks for addressing COVID concerns and the lack of vaccines rather than the U.S.-China struggle. Southeast Asian economics rely on China for their economic prosperity, so they’re wary of being caught in the middle of an ideological struggle between the U.S. and China. In Vietnam, where the U.S. recently donated 3 million doses of the Moderna vaccines, Austin was able to discuss enhanced cooperation on maritime security. In the Philippines, Austin secured a major victory for the U.S. in its competition with China for influence in the region by compelling Philippine President Duterte to drop his threat to revoke the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement, an essential part of the U.S.-Philippine alliance. Professor Larus’ comments begin 10 minutes into the program, accessible at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/the-gioi-360-do-ngay-31-7-2021-218114.htm.

In Focus South Asia | US-China Tension | Episode 175 | (Indus News)

Larus Comments on South China Sea Arbitration

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus commented on the South China Sea dispute between China and the Philippines. Five years after the SCS arbitration decision in favor of the Philippines, Manila accuses China of continuing to harass Filipino fisherman in the Philippines’ EEZ. The UN lacks an enforcement mechanism to back its 2016 decision, leaving the US as guarantor of maritime security in the region. Professor Larus’ comments to Indus News begin at 4:28 minutes into the program, viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwRsTUkI0SI

 

Larus Debates that “Taiwan is Indefensible”

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the Intelligence Squared debate “Taiwan is Indefensible” on May 20, 2021. Dr. Larus argued against the resolution, claiming that it is vital for U.S. credibility and standing to uphold its commitment to Taiwan. If the United States fails in its commitment, U.S. allies and friends in the Asia-Pacific might be compelled to bandwagon with China or expand their own militaries, further destabilizing the region.

Listen to the debate at https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/taiwan-indefensible-0

Dr. Larus also recently appeared on KOPB-FM Radio.

Motion that Taiwan is Indefensible (Vermont Public Radio at 10:15 PM)

Episode 58 – Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus (China, BRI, and Taiwan) (harrisbricken.com)