Will China become a threat to international stability as its power continues to grow in the coming years? Will the twenty-first century be the century of the Asia-Pacific? Is the East Asian model of development sustainable? How does globalization affect security, political economy, human rights, and environment in East Asia? How should the international society deal with the North Korean nuclear crisis? This course aims to answer the above questions. We will start with a survey of major theories in international relations, including realism, liberalism, and constructivism. Our emphasis will be on the advantages and disadvantages of each theory in explaining major events in East Asia. We will pay special attention to East Asian histories, particularly since 1945. Topics to be addressed include: patterns of conflict and cooperation in East Asia, security arrangements, international political economy, globalization, human rights, and new security concerns. After completing this course, students should be able to apply international theories to analyze various political and economic issues concerning East Asia.

Pre-requisite: None