Asia-Pacific International Relations
The history of the 21st Century will be written in Asia. This graduate level overview will examine the relations between China, Japan, Korea, and the South East Asian countries, as well as between those countries and the United States, Russia, Australia, and India. Our discussions will follow economic and political developments from the Cold War competition between superpowers through the post-Cold War economic expansion. We Will consider the challenges across the Taiwan Straits and on the Korean Peninsula as well as America's involvement in the conflict of Vietnam, the independence of Singapore and the development of the Association of South East Asia Nations. A central topic will be whether escalating U.S.-China tensions are inevitable and the effectiveness of smart power and traditional diplomacy in the region. We will consider existing security alliances and the underlying causes and potential resolution of the maritime territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea. Our studies will bring students up to date with a close look at issues arising from Xi's management of the rise of China, Obama's pivot to Asia, and Trump's policies in the region.