SoSe 13: Contemporary US Foreign Policy in the Asia-Pacific: Theory and Practice
The primary objective of this course is to investigate the theoretical underpinnings and actual practices of contemporary US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. It will introduce students to the ... read more
The primary objective of this course is to investigate the theoretical underpinnings and actual practices of contemporary US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. It will introduce students to the classic theoretical perspectives on global politics that will aid in understanding the formulation and actual practice of US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. It will critically explore existing theoretical and empirical literature on the role of the US in the Asia-Pacific region as a topic of interest in the study of ‘International Relations’, but will also include some articles and readings written by and for practitioners in the US-Asia Pacific foreign policy community.
The course is divided into three parts. The first part introduces central theoretical perspectives on the dynamics of world politics and examines the application of such analytical insights in understanding the actual formulation and practice of US foreign policy. The second part broadly surveys the substance and actual dynamics of recent and contemporary US foreign policy in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia as two distinct sub-regions that comprise the Asia-Pacific region. The third part critically examines several contemporary foreign policy challenges and issues for the US in the Asia-Pacific such as the rise of China as a global power, terrorism in Southeast Asia, the security problem in the Korean Peninsula, and the bilateral relations of the US with its two most important Asian allies such as Japan and the Philippines.