Asia-Pacific Regional Development
This course is to study the backgrounds, current developments, and future trends of selective politico-economic and politico-security issues in the Asia-Pacific. The concepts and theories of our discourses will be based on paradigms of International Relations.
To define the scope of our class discussions, we will first clarify how regional studies different from area studies. Students are expected to define the Asia Pacific as a region based on literature introduced in the class. The second theme of the course will be regional political economy. Focuses will be on the role of state government in shaping regional economic dynamics since WWII. In addition to geo-economic strategies of major powers (such as the U.S., Japan and China), concepts driving regional development and integration (such as the developmental state model and the flying geese paradigm) will be explored.
Recent policy-led region-wide networks, processes or mechanisms which have developed into institutions for regional economic governance will be reviewed, especially those with great long-term strategic implications (such as TPP, AIIB, etc.)