East Asian Languages & Cultures | Foreign Relations in East Asia
E350 | 1568 | Ahn


This course is an introduction to contemporary international relations in
Northeast Asia.  It examines political, economic, and strategic
interactions since the end of World War II among four Northeast Asian
countries–Japan, China, North Korea, and South Korea–and two international
powers with strong strategic and economic interests in the region–the
United States and Russia.  The region has often been depicted as the
economic growth center of the next century and, at the same time, a powder
keg that could explode into a devastating regional war.  This course
explores the geopolitical situation of the region, the political, economic,
and strategic interests of the major state actors active in that part of
the world, and the major outstanding foreign policy issues between the
states.  Issues related to Taiwan and Southeast Asia will also be discussed
to the extent they are relevant to the foreign policies of the Northeast
Asian states.

While the course is "introductory" in its scope, it is designed for both
advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  For undergraduate students,
the requirements are class attendance and two examinations.  Students may
also be asked to submit three short reports on extra reading materials
(three pages each, double-spaced and typed) and give oral presentations.