Political Science 399 The International Politics of East Asia crn 26391 Winter 2012
Goals of Course: Why has Asia's economic resurgence heightened political discord within the region, rather than co-operation comparable to the European Union? We will pay special attention to such persistent issues as Sino-Japanese rivalry, the Korean peninsula's enduring crisis, Taiwan autonomy, Sino-Indian conflict over control of the Himalayas, competing island claims in Southeast Asia, environmental damage, and the Asian interests of the United States.
Instructor: Richard Kraus, Office hours: Thursdays 1:00-2:00 pm and Fridays 10:00-11:30 am in PLC 915. I’ll also be available after class. email: email@example.com. Phone: 971-570-1328.
Class meetings: Thursdays 2:00-4:50 in PLC 905.
Texts: 1. Derek McDougall, Asia Pacific in World Politics. Lynne Rienner.
2. Bill Emmott, Rivals. Harcourt.
3. Approximately 40 additional articles are posted on Blackboard.
1. Three Quizzes. We will have quizzes at the end of class in Weeks 4, 7, and 10 (February 2, February 23, and March 15). Each will last no more than 45 minutes; Quizzes 1 and 2 will each constitute 30% of your grade, and Quiz 3 will contribute 15% of your grade. There will be no final examination.
2. Class Discussion. 25% of your course grade will be based upon participation in class. This includes being able to discuss assigned readings in a knowledgeable and thoughtful manner. It also includes timely submission each week of “Questions for the Author.” Each student will submit questions that s/he would pose to each of authors of the assigned readings for the week. These can be very simple (they are questions, not essays). Writing them will encourage you to finish the readings and reading them will give your professor some clues about how well you understand them. The questions will not be graded, but marked as done (or not). Email these before 8 pm on Wednesdays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Late submissions are not accepted. This means you must complete the readings ahead of class, so plan accordingly.
3. Optional Papers. In order to be eligible for the grade of A, you must also write a 15-20 pp. research paper on a mutually agreed topic. If you write the paper, it will count as 1/3 of your course grade (with #1 and #2 above combined together counting as 2/3). If you choose not to write a paper, you can earn no higher grade than B+. If you have the slightest interest in writing, I encourage you to pursue it, and will work with you to find a topic. You must meet with me to discuss paper topics no later than the end of week 7 (Friday, February 24). Optional Papers Due March 20. Submit your papers electronically, as Word attachments, to email@example.com.
Basis for Grading: Command of course materials, originality of thought, style of presentation. Care in preparation of written work is important. If you have not mastered the distinction between its and it’s, or their and they’re, this is an excellent term in which to remedy any shortcoming.
Week 1. January 12. Is there such a thing as Asia?
Emmott, Chapters 1-2; McDougall, Chapters 1-2.
Hans Rosling: “Asia’s Rise: How and When?”
Week 2. January 19. China
Emmott, Chapter 3; McDougall, Chapter 3, 6.
Lieberthal, “The American Pivot to Asia.”
Freeman, “Beijing, Washington, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige.”
Week 3. January 26. Japan
Emmott, Chapter 4, 7; McDougall, Chapter 4, 5, 7.
Fingleton, “The Myth of Japan’s Failure.”
Week 4. February 2. Six Decades of Korean Division
Emmott, Chapter 8; McDougall, Chapter 9.
Haggard & Noland, “Sanctioning North Korea: The Political Economy of Denuclearization and Proliferation”
Manyin, “U.S.-South Korea Relations.”
Adrian Hong, “How to Free North Korea.”
Choe, “South Korean Law Casts Wide Net, Snaring Satirists in a Hunt for Spies.”
Week 5. February 9. The Chronic Taiwan Crisis
McDougall, Chapter 8.
Kan & Morrison, “U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues.”
Shu and Schubert, “Agents of Taiwan-China Unification?”
Cross-Straits at the Crossroads: Taiwan’s 2012 Elections: articles by Cook, Ji, & Maddock.
Week 6. February 16. Dividing The Himalayas
Emmott, Chapter 5.
Pomeranz, “The Great Himalayan Watershed.”
Dumbaugh, “Tibet: Problems, Prospects, and U.S. Policy.”
Gardner, “The Secret Army.”
Ladwig, “India and Military Power Projection: Will the Land of Gandhi Become a Conventional Great Power?”
Hangen, “Nepal and Bhutan in 2010.”
Week 7. February 23. Economy and Environment
Emmott, Chapter 6.
Kennedy, “China’s Petroleum Predicament.”
Fergusson & Vaughn, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.”
Huang, Dang, & Wang, “Reform of the International Economic System: What does China want?”
Hung, “America’s Head Servant? The PRC’s Dilemma in the Global Crisis”
Elliott, “Transnational Environmental Crime in the Asia Pacific”.
Week 8. March 1. Influence in Southeast Asia
McDougall, Chapters 10, 11.
Thayer, “China’s New Aggressive Assertiveness in the South China Sea.”
Turnell, “Myanmar in 2010.”
Storey, “Burma and China.”
Rowen, “The U .S.-Japan Security Alliance, ASEAN, And The South China Sea Dispute”
Rangsimaporn, “Russia’s Search for Influence in Southeast Asia.”
Sukma, “Indonesia-China Relations: The Politics of Re-engagement.”
French, “Looking for Hope in Burma.”
Bae, “Is the Death Penalty an Asian Value?”
Madsen, “After Liberalism: What if Confucianism Becomes the Hegemonic Ethic of the Twenty-first Century?”
Lam, “Japan’s Quest for ‘Soft Power’.”
Paradise, “China and International Harmony.”
Chung, “China’s ‘Soft’ Clash with South Korea: The History War and Beyond.”
Sautman and Yan, “The “Right Dissident”: Liu Xiaobo and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.”
Emmett, Chapter 9, McDougall Chapters 13, 14.
Hartfiel & Job, “Raising the Risks of War.”
Nair , “ASEAN's Core Norms in the Context of the Global Financial Crisis.”
Arase, “Non-Traditional Security in China-ASEAN Co-operation.”
Iwabuchi, “Nostalgia for a (Different) Asian Modernity.”
Penney, “Foundations of Cooperation: Imagining the Future of Sino-Japanese Relations.”