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[Fall 2013] INTERNATIONAL SECURITY (Mon 2,3 Wed 3 )

Prof. Choi, Jong Kun

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


Background Motive

The course will introduce and discuss basic building blocs of IR theories and major analytical frameworks. We will discuss ways to explain 

and interpret international political events. The unique aspect of this course is to blend theories with international security issues in depth. 

Students are expected to reflect on real-life examples in international politics. This is a graduate reading seminar that requires 

students’ active participation in verbal and written forms. Students are expected to have read the required readings before the class. 

Intensive discussions will be the main crux of the seminar. The instructor will continuously raise questions, analytical and substantial, to 

students, who are expected to respond simultaneously. The objectives of this course are (a) to understand mainstream theories of 

International Relations; (b) to examine the explanatory power of these theories; (c) discuss how to apply them to the study of 

international politics; and (c) to demonstrate how these theories can be used to analyze issues in international security.


Course Evaluation

Mid-Term: 30%, Final 30%, Contemporary Security Issue Briefing: 20%, Attendance : 10%


*Contemporary Security Issue (CSI) Briefing: This is a group project. Among 5 contemporary security issues, you are to choose one and write 

a state of the issue report. The report should be no more than 10 pages and be typed. You are also responsible for making an in-class presentation 

for MAX 15 minutes.


Course Schedule

Week 1. 09.02 & 04. Introduction & Orientation: Rise of the Rest

Charles A Kupchan, No One`s World : The West, the Rising Rest and the Coming Global Turn (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012), Ch.1, Ch, 4;

Fareed Zakaria, The Post American World Updated and Expanded 2.0 (New York : Norton, 2011), ch.1,2 and 4..


Week 2. 09.09 & 11. Defining the Concept of Security - Security vs. Liberty

Allan Collins. "Ch.1 What is Security Studies?"


Week 3. 09.16



Week 4. 09.23 & 25. Approaches to Security : Realism

Charles L` Glaser "Ch.2 Realism," Michael Sheehan, "Ch.11 Military Security". 


Week 5. 09.30 & 10.02. Approaches to Security: Liberalism

Patrick Morgan,"Ch.3 Liberalism", Christopher M Dent, "Ch 15. Economic Security"


Week 6. 10.07 & 09. Approaches to Security: Constructivism

Kenneth N. Waltz, "The Origins of War in Neorealist Theory." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 18, 4 (Spring 1988): 615-28.


Week 7. 10.14 & 16. Danger and Fear

 Robert Johnson, Improbable Dangers : US. Conceptions of Threat in the Cold War and Afer (New York: St. Martin`s Press, 1994), pp.1-48.


Week 8. 10.21

No Class But EXAM


Week 9. 10.28 & 30. Contemporary Security Issue 1: Environmental Security

Jon Barnett, "Ch 14 Environmental Security,"; 

Alan Dupont, “the Strategic Implications of Climate Change,” Survival (June/July 2008),pp. 29-47;


Week 10. 11.04 & 06. Contemporary Security Issue 2: WMD & IS

James J Writz, "Ch. 19 Weapons of Mass Destruction";

Scott D. Sagan, “Why Do States Build Nuclear Weapons? Three Models in Search of a Bomb,” International Security 21, no.3 (Winter

1996/97), pp. 54-86;

John Muller, “The Essential Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons: Stability in the Postwar World,” International Security 13, no.2 (Fall 1988), pp.55-79


Week 11. 11.11 & 13. Contemporary Security Issue 3: Power Transition by A Rising China & IS

 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;

Aaron Friedberg, “The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Is Conflict Inevitable?,” International Security, Vol. 30, No.2 (Fall 2005), pp. 7–45.


Week 12. 11.18 & 20. Contemporary Security Issue 4: American Hegemony or not & IS 

Robert Jervis, “Unipolarity: A Structural Perspective,” World Politics, Vol. 61, No.1 (January, 2009), pp. 188-213;

Fareed Zakaria, “The Future of American Power: How America Can Survive the Rise of the Rest,” Foreign Affairs (May/June 2008).


Week 13. 11.25 & 27. Contemporary Security Issue 5 : Northeast Asian Security

David C Kang, “International Relations Theory and the Second Korean War,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 47, No.3 (September 2003), pp. 301-324;

Jong Kun Choi, "Predictions of Tragedy vs. Tragedy of Predictions in Northeast Asian Security," the Korean Journal of Defense

Analysis, Vol.28, No.1. (Spring, 2006), pp. 7-33;

Jong Kun Choi and Chung In Moon, "Understanding Northeast Asian Dynamics: Inventory Checking and New Discourse on Power, interest, and identity", International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April, 2010), pp. 343-372


Week 14. 12.02&04 Contemporary Security Issue Wrap-Up

Lecture Only


Week 15. 12.09&11 Contemporary Security Issue Wrap-Up

Lecture Only


Week 16. 12.16 Final examinations