Politics of North-East Asia


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This course is devoted to a study of the political systems and international relations of Northeast Asian states, namely Japan, China, Russia, Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Learn about politics in the region, taken as not only the sum total of its constituent states but also as a regional order in the making and a part of the global system of international relations. Explore the evolving role of the US as a security guarantor for Japan and South Korea, as well as China's ongoing dispute with Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei over the Spratly Islands.

Topics include:

  • Northeast Asia as a geopolitical construct and a reality
  • Japan and the rise of Northeast Asia: History and present
  • China: From the empire to the People’s Republic
  • Russia as an Asian power
  • The tale of the two Koreas
  • How regional political economy impacts foreign policies of major powers
  • International security of Northeast Asia and Asia Pacific

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