December 7, 2022

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.

Larus Comments on NPR on China

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 Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs indicated that any economic “de-coupling” between the U.S. and China will be very difficult. “You can’t just say you’re going to pick up your factory and move all your resources and have a consistent, reliable energy source and the shipping port to get your stuff out at a decent price, and the logistics. China has nailed that down,” said Larus, the author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China. She also indicated that China seeks to make the world reliant on the country for its supply chain, but not to have China reliant on the rest of the world. She did not see a de-escalation in U.S.-China relations any time soon. Read her comments at:
https://www.klcc.org/post/china-threat-or-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/08/1041137034/is-china-a-threat-or-an-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask
https://wamu.org/story/21/10/08/is-china-a-threat-or-an-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask/

Larus Discusses All Things China on Podcast

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

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

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs discussed her book Politics & Society in Contemporary China (Lynne Rienner 2020) on Ryan Ray’s Inside the War Room podcast. Professor Larus shared her insight on pressing issues in China’s politics, economy, foreign relations, and China-U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Listen to the podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/60-elizabeth-freund-larus/id1566250068?i=1000537665276

 

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