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

YHH 113-1 / 2123-5946   E-mail : Jongchoi@yonsei.ac.kr,  Homepage: http://www.jongkunchoi.com/


[Course Description & Goals]

This course is designed to explore how states in International Politics maximize their efforts to cooperate with each other. The course will look at the underlying mechanism affecting the ways that states behave in different regions and issues areas. Cooperation is the way to minimize the probability of conflict while maximizing each state`s interest. The course will deal with security, economy and non-traditional security areas where states work together, if not compete.


[Grading Policy]

10% Attendance / 20% In-Class Participation / 30% Mid-Term / 40% Final Exam

*Pop-Quiz may be given.


Week 1.  03.02  Introduction


Week 2.  03.07 & 03.09  What if war is over? 

Bruno Tertraits, “the Demise of Ares: The End of War as We Know It”, the Washington Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Summer 2012), pp.7-22

John Mueller, “War Has Almost Ceased to Exist: An Assessment”, Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 24, No.2 (Summer, 2009), pp.297~321

John Mueller, “Capitalism, Peace, and the Historical Movement of Ideas”, International Interactions, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Summer, 2010), pp. 169~184.,

Week 3.  03.14 & 03.16  Why is Cooperation inevitable from the perspectives of International Relations Theories?
 (This will be a crash week for reviewing the basics of International Relations Theories). 
Robert Jervis, “Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace, Presidential Address, American Political Science Association 2001 ,” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 96
, No.1 (March 2002), pp. 1-14.

Week4.  3.21 & 03.23  What do we mean by cooperation?

Robert Keohane, “The Concept of Cooperation,” Chapter 4 from After Hegemony : Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy.


Week 5.  03.28 & 03.30  Why Do States Cooperate ? 

Liberal Perspectives & Realist Critiqu. 

Ernst B. Haas (1956), “Regionalism, Functionalism, and Universal International Organization,” World Politics, Vol.8, No.2 (Summer, 1956),pp.238-263
Robert Keohane and Lisa Martin. “The Promise of Institutionalist Theory ”International Security 20(1), Summer 1995, pp.39-51.

Week 6.  04.04 & 04.06  What is International Regime? 

Stephen D. Krasner, "Structural Causes and regime consequences: regime as intervening variables" in Stepehn D. Krasner (Ithaca: Cornell

University Press, 1983),pp.1-22.


Week 7.  4.11  Review for the Mid Term Exam  4.13 No Class Due to National Election.


Week 8.  4.20  Mid Term Exam

                 04.18 No Class


Week 9.  04.25~04.27 [Regional Case 1] EUROPE I-Nordic Region

Clive Archer, "the Nordic Area as a zone of peace" Journal of Peace Research vol. 33 no. 4 (November 1996),pp. 451-467

Johan Jorgen Holst, "The Pattern of Nordic Security", Daedalus, Vol. 113, No.2 (Spring 1984), pp.195-225.


Week 10.  05.02~05.04 [Regional Case 2] EUROPE II-EU  

Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dur, Key Controversies in European Integration (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), Ch.1 and Ch.6.


Week 11.  05.09~05.11 [Regional Case 3] EAST ASIA I-Economy

Hyoung-kyu Chey, “The Changing Political Dynamics of East Asian Financial Cooperation: The Chiang Mai Initiative”, Asian Survey, 
Vol. 49, No. 3 (May/June 2009), pp. 450-467
Brendan Howe, "Peace Through Trade? Econophoria in Northeast Asia" in Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal and Political Perspectivess, Vol. 14, pp. 169~184.

Week 12. 05.16~05.18 [Regional Case 4]EAST ASIA II-Politics

Chung-in Moon and Sang-young Rhyu, “Rethinking Alliance and the Economy: American Hegemony, Path Dependence, and the South Korean 
Political Economy,” International Relations of Asia-Pacific (Fall 2010);
Week 13. 05.23~05.25 [Regional Case 5] NORTHEAST ASIA - Rise of China
Amitav Acharya, "Power Shift or Paradigm Shift? China`s Rise and Asia`s Emerging Security Order", International Studies Quarterly (2014), 58, pp. 158~173
Mark Beeson, "Hegemonic Transition in East Asia? They Dynamics of Chinese and American Power", Review of International Studies, Vol. 35, No.1 (Jan, 2009), pp.95-112.
Week 14. 05.30~06.01 ON STABILITY

Jong Kun Choi  “Crisis stability or general stability? Assessing Northeast Asia’s absence of war and prospects for liberal transition”, Review of International Studies, published on line

 (June 19, 2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210515000170


Week 15. 06.06 NO Class due to Memorial Day.


Week 16. Final Exam