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Fall 2010 - 60960 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Power in the Pacific: Economic, Political, & Strategic Policy Choices Confronting NE Asian Nations & US

Instructor(s): Newton, Diana
Unique Number: 60960
Day & Time: M 2:00 - 5:00 pm
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

As Asia’s influence continues to grow, so do prognostications that this century will mark the global power shift from West to East. Underneath those predictions, however, lie critical assumptions that key nations in the region can maintain breakneck economic growth, preserve internal political and social stability, manage environmental and energy challenges, and sustain reasonably peaceful and constructive relationships with each other. These are some very uncertain and tenuous assumptions. In addition, developments on these economic, political, and strategic fronts in China, Japan and both Koreas will have profound affects on America’s foreign policy choices in the region and around the globe.

After a brief historical overview of the roles of China, Japan, Korea and the United States in the post-World War II/Cold War East Asia, this seminar will examine each of the nations’ current economic, political and strategic trajectories in the East Asia of the 21st Century. Some of the topics we will cover include China’s rapid economic trajectory and its sustainability as well as the intersection of Communism and capitalism; Asia’s role in environmental and energy policy issues, especially Japan’s and China’s very different approaches to both topics; a nuclear North Korea and what that means for China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S.; how Japan’s role in the region, and the world, may change depending on the resolution of key issues in the U.S.-Japan Alliance. We will also examine interactions among these powers in the Pacific with each other, as well as the interactions between them and other key regional actors, especially India, ASEAN, and the Tiger Economies (how did the Asian Miracle happen and how will that play out in this century?). We will focus on the implications that these strategic policy choices, economic developments, and political interactions in Northeast Asia will have on American foreign policy, global influence, and national security. Guest lecturers will be invited to address the class, and there will be role-playing simulations.