NS4645 Asian Security: Theory and Practice

East Asia contains four "great powers," three-plus nuclear powers, two countries still divided since WWII, and several of the most dynamic economies on the globe. This course considers the prospects for war and peace in this complex constellation of powers in the current era. Will the U.S. and China become rivals? What are the prospects for stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait? Will Japan become a "normal" nation? What role do nuclear and other WMD play in shaping regional affairs? Why are security institutions so few in East Asian Security affairs? Is international cooperation fundamentally different in East Asia? What is the nature of civil-military relations across the countries of the region? Each of these questions will be addressed. The course will begin with a brief discussion of international security theory before turning toward specific regional security topics. Throughout the semester we will make use, however, of theoretically informed arguments regarding East Asian security issues.


NS3024 and at least one course on Asian politics and security (NS3600-3667); or permission of the instructor

Lecture Hours


Lab Hours


Quarter Offered

  • As Required