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

Spring 2009

GOV 365L • Asian Regionalism and Multilateral Cooperation-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38385 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BEN 1.126

Course Description

Asia's rise as a region will shape the future world order. Asian regionalism as a vitally important dimension of Asias rise has attracted critical attention of Asia experts and policy makers. This course first addresses the nature, functional principles, leadership, and policy-making process of contemporary Asian regionalism in comparison with the experiences of European integration. We also explore the linkage between the momentum of Asian integration and contemporary Asian nationalism. Then we will introduce and assess the origins and its developments of leading regional cooperation mechanisms: ASEAN, Six-Party Talks (Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture), SAARC, and SCO. Finally, in terms of engaging with the Asian multilateral cooperation we will discuss polices and strategies of major powers, particularly, the United States and China.

The course is divided into 4 main sections: 1, Comparison between Asian Regionalism and European Experiences: Concept, principles, leadership, and policy-making process; 2. Asian Regionalism and Asian Nationalism: explore the linkage between the emerging Asian cooperation and contemporary Asian nationalism, focusing on Chinese nationalism, Indian nationalism, and Japanese nationalism; 3. Introduce four most important cooperation mechanisms: Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) in Southeast Asia; Six-party talks ( Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture) in Northeast Asia; South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ( SAARC) in South Asia; and Shanghai Cooperation Organization ( SCO) in Central Asia; 4. Major Powers' Responses to Asian Cooperation: Focus on American and Chinese Strategies for engaging with Asian Integration and multilateral cooperation.


1. Ellen L. Frost, Asia' 's New Regionalism ( London: Lynne Rienner Publications, 2008). 2. David Shambaugh, Power Shift: China and Asias New Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005). 3. Joseph A. Camilleri, Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific Order (Northampton , Edward Elgar, 2003). 4. Edward J. Lincoln, East Asian Economic Regionalism (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2004). 5. Professors Packet


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