East Asian Politics
Why do democratic and authoritarian countries coexist as neighbors in one of the world’s densest trade networks? What explains the great inequalities both within and between East Asian countries? These are questions that we will explore in this course. We will examine the historical development of East Asian states and their contemporary domestic and international politics. In this course we will investigate the three sub-regions on East Asia: Northeast Asia, China and Southeast Asia. Finally, contemporary problems of international relations will be discussed ranging from nuclear weapons to island disputes to power transitions away from American hegemony.