SUMMER SESSION 2017 COURSE: East Asian Security
July 3, 2017 – August 11, 2017
S6801 section 001
Open to Summer Session students and all Columbia undergrad and grad students
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM -5:10 PM
1102 International Affairs Building
Instructor: Fumiko Sasaki
Description This course empowers students to develop a deep understanding of the major issues of East Asian security. We will examine the various challenges to stability in East Asia in the context of power, institutions, and ideas (the three primary factors that impact international relations), including: China’s increasing assertiveness; the North Korean nuclear crisis; historical stigma amongst Japan, South Korea, and China; lingering Cold War confrontations on the Korean Peninsula and across the Taiwan Strait; and an unstable relationship between the US and China. Through a comparison with the West, students will inquire whether a unique approach is required when considering appropriate responses to security issues in East Asia.