International Politics in East Asia


TANAKA, Akihiko


Summer Semester; Wed.; Time slot #2


This is an intensive seminar on contemporary international politics in East Asia. The seminar covers various aspects, both structural 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. Major Actors—decision-making characteristics and traditional policies
(1) the United States
(2) China (including Taiwan)
(3) Japan
(4) North Korea and South Korea
(5) ASEAN and Southeast Asian countries

2. Major Issues
(1) North Korea's nuclear weapons development
(2) Cross Strait Relations
(3) History Issues
(4) Regional Institution-building
(5) Power transition

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

Please note this seminar takes place from 10:15 - 11:45 according to ITASIA's time schedule.

Course materials

To be assigned at the first meeting.


The grading will be based on general class participation, oral presentations, and a term paper to be submitted at the end of the semester.

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