Asia-Pacific Regional Development

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Course Objectives

This course is to study the backgrounds, the current developments, and the future trends of selective politico-economic and politico-security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Please note that this is not a course of development study. This is a course to provide an overview of the Asia-Pacific region.

Course Contents

This class first clarifies how regional studies can be different from area studies. Students are encouraged to define Asia Pacific as a region with references to the designated readings. The second part of the course is to understand the Asia-Pacific geo-economic dynamics, with particular focuses on the developmental state model and the flying geese paradigm. In addition, recent intergovernmental establishments for regional economic governance, which plays more important role in shaping future trends, are to be studied. After the mid-term exam, the course discussions shift to regional geo-strategic and security issues. Both US-led and ASEAN-led security mechanisms are to be introduced. Throughout the semester, Taiwan in the region’s geo-economic and geo-strategic dynamics will be discussed.