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

Fall 2009

GOV 365L • International Relations of East and Southeast Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39240 TTh
9:30 PM-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 Korea’s 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: 15% 2. First mid-term exam: 25% 3. Second mid-term exam or short research paper: 25% 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. David Kang, China Rising: Peace, Power and Order in East Asia (Colulmbia University Press, 2007) 4. David Kang and Victor D. Cha, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2005). 5. Michael J. Green and Bates Gill, editors, Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Competition and the Search for Community (Columbia University Press, 2009).


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