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

Spring 2010

GOV 365L • China and the New Asian Religion - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38935 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BEN 1.126

Course Description

The new Asian region has four parts: Northeast Asia (includes Russia's Far East), Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. While the U.S. sustains a favored military presence and is the strongest force, it is no longer a hegemonic power in the region. There is no region-wide organization, though ASEAN, ARF, "ASEAN plus Three," “ASEAN plus Six,” SAARC, and SCO are growing in importance. The home of all the developing world's tigers continues to advance economically, if unevenly. It holds the world’s largest democracy (India) and largest one-party authoritarian regime (China). It is riddled with ethnic and territorial conflicts. It experienced colonialism first-hand through the mid-20th century. And it remains a key arena of global politics. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. has taken the lead in the campaign against international terrorism in Asia. The anti-terror war and Asian regionalism has changed the geopolitical map in Asia. We will explore China’s rise and its foreign policy reasoning in light of the regional characteristics, and consider implications for US-China relations.

Grading Policy

Three take-home essays (5-6 pages), 60% 12-page term paper, 30% Class participation, 10%


REQUIRED: 1. Abraham Denmark, China Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship (Center for a New American Security, 2009).'s%20Arrival_Final%20Report.pdf 2. Kurt M. Campbell, The Power of Balance: America in Asia (Center for a New Security, 2008). 3. Ralph A. Cossa, The United States and the Asia-Pacific Region: Security Strategy for the Obama Administration (Center for a New American Security, 2009). 4. Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World (National Intelligence Council, 2008). REFERENCES: 1. Johnston & Ross, Engaging China: the Management of an Emerging Power, Routledge, 1999. 2. Selected conference papers, academic articles, and research reports will be distributed in class.


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