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2011-2 POL3412-01


Prof. Jong Kun Choi, Department of Political Science & International Studies

YHH 113-1 / 2123-5946   E-mail : Jongchoi@yonsei.ac.kr,  Twitter ID: @jongchoiysu


[Course Description & Goals]

This course is to survey regional security dynamics of Northeast Asia in the Post Cold War era covering the inter-Korean relations, North Korea`s nuclear issue, a rising China, the US role in Northeast Asia, trilateral relationship between South Korea, Japan and China, historical animosity and increased economic interdependence. The course will not only introduce basic tenets of IR theories, but also examine major events of Northeast Asia since the end of the Cold War. The course will accommodate students` desire to learn about Northeast Asia in general. The instructor will give leading lectures on each topic and lead in class discussions. Lively discussion will be the basic instructional method of teaching and learning. Students will be required to read the assigned reading materials.


[Grading Policy]

Attendance : 10% / In-Class Discussion: 20 % / Mid-term Exam : 20% / Final Paper : 20% / Final Exam: 30%


Week 1. Introduction & Orientation 


Week 2. Northeast Asia in Comparison with Europe  

Peter J. Katzenstein, A World of Regions : Asia and Europe in the American Imperium (Ithaca: Cornell University, 2005), Ch. 1; David Lake and Patrick M. Morgan, Regional Orders: Building Security in a New World (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997), Ch.1.

Week 3. 09.15 No Class. 

Week 4. IR Theories and Northeast Asia 
Jong Kun Choi, "Theorizing of East Asian international relations in Korea: Theoretical Universalism vs. Contextual Particualrism," 
Asian Perspective Vol. 32 No.1 (March, 2008), pp.193-216; Ch.1; David C. Kang, "Getting Asia Wrong: The Need for New Analytical Framework," 
International Security, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Spring 2003), pp.57-85;
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, Vol. 10, No.2 (May, 2010), pp. 343-372.


Week 5. Regional Order in Northeast Asia I : Balance of Power & Power Transition 

T. V Paul, James J. Wirtz and Michel Fortmann, Balance of Power : Theory and Practice in the 21st Century (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004), Ch.1 Ch.2 Ch.10.


Week 6. Regional Order in Northeast Asia II: Institution, Interdependence, Democracy 

Bruce Russett and John Oneal, Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organization (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2001), ch.1; T. J. Pempel, Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region (Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 2005), ch.1. 


Week 7 Regional Order in Northeast Asia III : Politics of History, Memory, and Identity 

Jong Kun Choi and Chung In Moon, "Understanding Northeast Asian Dynamics: Inventory Checking and New Disoucrse on Power, interst, and identity", International Realtions of the Asia Pacific, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April, 2010), pp. 343-372; Akira Chiba and Lanxin Xiang, "Traumatic Legacies in China and Japan: An Exchange,"Survival, Vol 47, No.2 (Summer 2005), pp.191-230. 


Week 8. MID-TERM 

Week 9. [CHINA I] A Rising China: Opportunity vs. Threat in World Politics 

Zbigniew Brzezinski and John John J. Mearsheimer, “China’s Unpeaceful Rise,” Current History (April 2006), 160-162; Bates Gill and Yanzhong Huang, “Sources and Limits of Chinese ‘Soft Power’,” Survival(Summer 2006), pp. 17-36; Zhu Feng, “China’s Rise Will be Peaceful: How Unipolarity Matters” in Robert Ross and Zhu Feng, eds. China’s Ascent : Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008), pp. 34-54; G. John Ikenberry, “The Rise of China and the Future of the West,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 2008), pp.23-37 


Week 10 [Japan] Japan in Northeast Asia: Has Japan risen ? 

Llewelyn Hughes, "Why Japan Will Not Go Nuclear (Yet): International and Domestic Constraints on the Nuclearization of Japan,"

International Security, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Spring 2007), pp.67-96; Jong Kun Choi, "Can Japan Engage Northeast Asia? Overcoming Perceptual and Strategic Deficit" in Purnedran Jain and Brad Williams Eds, Japan in Decline: Fact or Fiction? (London: Global Oriental, 2011), pp. 136-152.


Week 11 [CHINA II] China`s Rise: Its Regional Security Strategies.

Bates Gill, "China`s Evolving Regional Security Strategies," and Michael D Swaine, "China`s Regional Military Posture," all in David Shambaugh eds. Power Shift: China and Asia`s New Dynamics (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2005), pp. 247-288. 


Week 12. [CHINA III] China`s rise in Northeast Asia: Its regional Dynamics 

Thomas J. Christensen, "Fostering Stability or Creating a Monster: The Rise of China and US Policy Toward East Asia," International Security, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Summer 2006), pp. 81-126; Avery Goldstein, "Power Transitions, Institutions, and China`s Rise in East Asia: Theoretical Expectations and Evidence," the Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 30, No. 4-5 (Aug, 2007), pp. 639-682.

Week 13. North Korea`s Place in Northeast Asia  

Jong Kun Choi, "Sunshine Over a Barren Soil: the Domestic Politics of Engagement Identity Formation in South Korea" Asian Perspective, Vol. 34, No. 4 (December, 2010), pp. 115-138.  

Week 14. Korea`s Place in Northeast Asia 

Jae Ho Chung, "China`s Ascendancy and the Korean Peninsula: From Interest Reevaluation to Strategic Realignment?" in David Shambaugh eds. Power Shift: China and Asia`s New Dynamics (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2005), pp. 151-169. 


Week 15. Future of Northeast Asian Security 

Week 16. Final Exam