This undergraduate lecture course will concentrate on the Cold War and post-Cold War international relations of East Asia. In the first two weeks we will cover general theoretical approaches to international relations and a brief historical backdrop of Western and Japanese imperialism in the region. In the following weeks, we will discuss the interaction between changes in the broader international system and changes in international relations in the East Asian region.Read more about International Relations of East Asia (Professor Thomas J. Christensen)
The economies of many Asian countries have grown rapidly over the last several decades. This course will study the political and economic pathways traveled by select Asian countries on their road to prosperity. The focus will be on three specific countries: South Korea, China and India. We will analyze comparatively the models of development pursued in these countries, especially the state’s role in promoting growth and distribution.Read more about Rise of Asia: Political Economy of Development (Professor Atul Kohli)
This course will review and analyze the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present. It will examine Beijing's relations with the Soviet Union, the United States, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Third World during the Cold War, and will discuss the future of Chinese foreign policy in light of the end of the Cold War, changes in the Chinese economy, and the continuing rise of Chinese power and influence in Asia and beyond.