16-1 uic syllabus

[2016-2] East Asia International Relations

Professor Jong Kun Choi

Yonhee Hall 113-1 / Tel: 2123-5946   E-mail: jongchoi@yonsei.ac.kr  http://www.jongkunchoi.com



A. Course Description.


This course is to introduce and discuss the essence of international relations in East Asia. East Asia for this course is defined as a region consisting of Two Koreas, China, Japan and the United States. The course will deal with power, interest, and ideas aspects of the region that underscore the relational dynamics. Theories in International Relations will be incorporated and used to explain the issues at hand. The purpose of the course is to enhance the underlying dynamics of international relations in East Asia.


B. Course Evaluation.


Attendance: 10% Mid-Term:40%     Final : 40%           In Class Participation : 10%


C. Office Hours. 

Monday and Wednesday after class and by appointment 

 D. Course Schedule.  



1.  Understanding East Asia from International Relations Perspectives


Jong Kun Choi and Chung-in Moon, 'Understanding Northeast Asian Regional Dynamics: Inventory Checking and New Discourses on Power, Interest, and Identity’, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific', International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 10 (2010), 343-72; Feng Zhang, 'How Hierarchic Was the Historical East Asian System?', International Politics, 51 (2014), 1-22.


2.  Power of the Past or the Power itself?  

Yossi Shain Eric Langen Bacher, ed., Power & the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010).

Chapter 1: Collective Memory as a Factor in Political Culture and International Relations, pp. 13-50

Chapter 2: Germany’s National Indentity, Collective Memory, and Role Abroad, pp. 51-70

Chapter 3: Collective Memory and German-Polish Relations, pp.71-96

Chapter 9: Of Shrines and Hooligans: The Suture of History Problem in East Asia After 9/11, pp. 189-202

Conclusion: Collective Memory and the Logic of Appropriate Behavior, pp. 213-224


3.  Apology & East Asian IR


Nick Smith, I Was Wrong: The Meaning of Apologies (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Chapter 1: The Meaning of Apologies, pp. 17-27

Chapter 2: Elements of the Categorical Apology, pp. 28-17

Chapter 6: The Relationship between Apologies and Forgiveness, pp. 132-139

Chapter 7: Varieties of Apologies, pp. 140-154

Chapter 10: Issues Specific to Collective Apologies, pp. 167-244 (참고)

Conclusion: Previewing the Meaings of Apologies in Law, pp. 253-257


4.  Security Dilemma between USA & China in Asia? (10/5, 10/10)


Huang Yuxing Sun Xuefeng, 'Revisiting China's Use of Force in Asia: Dynamic, Level and Beyond', Pacfic Focus, XXVII (2012), 393-420; Ivan Oelrich Stephen Biddle, 'Future Warfare in the Western Pacific', International Security, 38 (Spring 2014), 115-49; Evan Braden Montgomery, 'Contested Primacy in the Western Pacific: China's Rise and the Future of U.S. Power Projection', International Security, 38 (Spring 2014), 115-49.


5.  Territorial Disputes


Linus Hagström, and Karl Gustafsson, 'Japan and Identity Change: Why It Matters in International Relations', The Pacific Review, 28 (2015), 1-22; Jong Kun Choi, 'Why South Korea Is Uneasy About Abe', The Global Times 2013.01.20; Sheila Smith, 'Japan and the East China Sea Dispute', Orbis, 56 (Summer 2012), 370-90: Seokwoo Lee, 'Dokdo: The San Francisco Peace Treaty, International Law on Territorial Disputes, and Historical Criticism', Asian Perspective, 35 (2011), 361-80.


6.  Missile Defense


Arthur S. Ding, 'Viewpoint: China's Concerns About Tmd: A Critique', The Nonproliferation Review (Fall 1999), 93-101; Gordon R. Mitchell, 'Japan-Us Missile Defence Collaboration: Rhetorically Delicious, Deceptively Dangerous', The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 25 (Winter 2001), 85-108.


7.  Japan and Abe


R. Capistrano Andrew, and Kurizaki Shuhei, 'Japan’s Changing Defense Posture and Security Relations in East Asia', The Korean Journal of International Studies, 14 (2016), 77-104; John Delury, 'The Kishi Effect: A Political Genealogy of Japan-Rok Relations', Asian Perspective, 39 (2015), 441-60.; Adam P. Liff, 'Japan’s Defense Policy: Abe the Evolutionary', Washington Quarterly, 38 (2015), 78-99.


8.  US Policy to East Asia and China’s Reaction


Van Jackson, 'Red Teaming the Rebalance: The Theory and Risks of Us Asia Strategy', Journal of Strategic Studies, 39 (2016), 365-88; Gilbert Rozman, 'Reassessing the U.S. Rebalance to Northeast Asia' (2015.06.01) http://www.fpri.org/article/2015/07/reassessing-the-u-s-rebalance-to-northeast-asia/; Yan Xuetong, 'The Instability of China-Us Relations', The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 3 (2010), 1-30: Ian Johnston, 'Stability and Instability in Sino-Us Relations: A Response to Yan Xuetong's Superficial Friendship Theory', The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 4 (2011), 1-30.


9.  How the World Sees North Korea’s Future


Jame Metzi, 'Doomsday: The Coming Collapse of North Korea', The National Interest, (2015) http://nationalinterest.org/feature/doomsday-the-coming-collapse-north-korea-13107; Victor Cha, 'China's Newest Province?', The New York Times, December 19 2011; Victor D. Cha, and Nicholas D. Anderson, 'A North Korean Spring?', The Washington Quarterly, 35 (2012), 7-24; Sue Mi Terry, 'A Korea Whole and Free: Why Unifying the Peninsula Won't Be So Bad after All', Foreign Affairs 2014; Antonio Fiori, and Sunhyuk Kim, 'Jasmine Does Not Bloom in Pyongyang: The Persistent Non-Transition in North Korea', Pacific Focus, 29 (2014), 44-67;Henri Feron, 'Doom and Gloom or Economic Boom? The Myth of the 'North Korean Collapse'', The Asia Pacific Journal, 12 (2014); Bruce Cummings, 'Why Did So Many Influential Americans Think North Korea Would Collapse?', North Korean Review, 9 (Spring 2013), 114-20; Jong Kun Choi, 'The Perils of Strategic Patience with North Korea', Washington Quarterly (Winter 2016), 57-72; Choi Jong Kun, 'Sunshine over a Barren Soil: The Domestic Politics of Engagement Identity Formation in South Korea', Asian Perspective, 34 (2010), 115-38.


10.  Reconciliation


Charles A. Kupchan, How Enemies Became Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, March 2010).

Chapter 1: Stable Peace, pp.1-15

Chapter 2: From International Anarchy to International Society, pp.16-72

Chapter 4: Rapprochement: Supporting Cases, pp. 112-182

Chapter 7: Making Friends and Choosing Friends, pp.389-414


11.  East Asian Peace


Jong Kun Choi, 'Crisis Stability or General Stability? Assessing Northeast Asia’s Absence of War and Prospects for Liberal Transition', Review of International Studies, 42 (2016), 287-309.