This course focuses on East Asia, broadly defined, as the main geographic area of study. With the presence of the world’s largest economies, diverse political governance and cultures, nuclear weapons states, and multiple great powers enmeshing in the region, East Asia is one of the most dynamic and consequential regions in world politics. During the Cold War, East Asia witnessed intense competition and conflict between the superpowers and among the states in the region. In the post-Cold War era, the region has become an important powerhouse in the world economy and is undergoing a significant shift in the balance of power whose trajectory and outcomes remain uncertain.
This class, therefore, examines and analyses the dynamics of this region, primarily, through the lens of the International Relations discipline. Discussions will navigate the region’s historical background; examines sources of conflict and cooperation; assesses competing explanations for key events in East Asia’s international relations. Readings will be drawn from international relations, political science, history, and related fields.
understand and familiarise with the past and current stage of the region;
evaluate the interaction between the current global and regional politics that may affect the ongoing adjustment of international relations in the region;
offer a reasonable analysis on important issues in the region;
make a policy evaluation and suggestion for future relevant to the key events or problems.