International Politics in East Asia


TANAKA, Akihiko

Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Summer


This is an intensive seminar on contemporary East Asian international politics in the context of the changing world system. The seminar covers various aspects, both theoretical and issue-based, of international politics in East Asia mainly from the 1980s to the first decade of the 21st century. The following are the major subjects to be discussed in the seminar:

1. Overview of International Politics in East Asia
2. Theoretical Perspectives of International Politics in East Asia
3.The United States
4. China
5. Japan
6. The Korean Peninsula
7. Regionalism in East Asia
8. Future of International Politics in East Asia


International Politics, East Asia, Japan, the United States,??China, Southeast Asia, Korean Peninsula, North Korea, world system, regionalism, realism, liberalism, constructivism, power transition, balance of power, history issues, hard power, soft power, new medievalism, democratic peace, economic interdependence


To be announced at the first meeting.

Teaching Methods

The seminar is conducted in English. Students are required to make frequent oral presentations based on assigned readings.


The grading will be based on general class participation, oral presentations, and papers to be submitted during the semester.

Required Text

To be assigned at the first meeting.

Reference Books

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and David Welch, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History, 9th Edition (Pearson, 2012)
Akihiko Tanaka, The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: International House,2002)

・The course is held in the Large Conference Room (Dai Kaigishitsu) of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo bunka kenkyujo, formally Institute of Oriental Culture).

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