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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2008

GOV 365L • 2- Japanese Foreign Policy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39395 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 303
Maclachlan, P

Course Description

This course introduces upper-level undergraduates to the foreign and domestic determinants of Japanese foreign policy-making and international relations from the beginning of the modern era (1868) to the present. We will address a wide range of topics, including the dynamics of Japanese foreign policymaking; Japan's role in international institutions since the late 19th century; the causes and consequences of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars; the road to World War II; the US-Japan relationship since the early postwar era; Japanese relations with other East Asian countries, particularly China and North Korea; Japans evolving postwar trade policy; and the ongoing controversies surrounding Japans military presence in the Iraq war.


1. Kenneth B. Pyle. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose. New York: Public Affairs, 2007. 2. Course reading packet.


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