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

Fall 2008

GOV 365L • 3-Intl Rels of E/Stheast Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39515 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 203
Maclachlan, P

Course Description

Toward the end of the 20th century, pundits looked to the spectacular economic growth of East and Southeast Asia and predicted that the 21st century would be the "Pacific Century". Although analysts have been far less optimistic about the economic and political future of the region following the 1997 financial crisis, most nevertheless agree that the region has the most growth potential of any other region in the world. It is also home to some of the globe's most dangerous hot spots: North Koreas ongoing nuclear threat, conflict in the Taiwan Straits, and, more recently, escalating tensions between Japan and China. This upper division undergraduate course is designed to introduce students to some of the basic themes of the post-Cold War international relations of East and Southeast Asia. During the first part of the semester, we will explore basic theoretical approaches to international relations, Great Power (China, Japan and the United States) contributions and challenges to the military and economic security of the region, the objectives and processes of political and economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, and the nature of and potential solutions to the North Korean security threat. We will also keep abreast of current events in the region.

Grading Policy

1. Snap quizzes on readings/ class discussion: 10% 2. Mid-term exam: 25% 3. Short research paper: 30% 4. Final exam: 35%


1. G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno, International Relations Theory and the Asia Pacific (Columbia University Press, 2003). 2. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002). 3. T.J. Pempel, ed. Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region (Cornell University Press, 2004). 4. Michael E. O'Hanlon and Mike M. Mochizuki, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: How to Deal With a Nuclear North Korea (McGraw Hill, 2003).


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