This undergraduate level course is devoted to exploring and understanding political economy of the East Asian region. The region as a whole has undergone rapid economic development and varying degrees of democratization in the postwar period. Accordingly, special emphasis will be placed on the theme of political and economic development in the region with focus on main actors such as the U.S., Japan, China and the East Asian Newly Industrialized Economies (NIEs). Then this course goes on to consider the changing configuration of regional cooperation. Throughout the course the interplay between international forces and domestic politics will be considered. This course provides through lectures and discussions, systematic coverage of the principal events and interactions in the region over time.
This course begins by considering questions on the possible emergence of the region as the nucleus of the world economy and politics in the 21st century. This is not a course on current events, although contemporary issues and the post-Cold War environment will be seriously considered. In this connection, the final sessions of the course are devoted to an analysis of prospects for regional cooperation and what they mean for the future of the Asian Pacific region. This course will also consider the newly-emerging regional order in the post-Cold War period focusing on the changing role of three main actors when the occasion arises.