International Politics: Asia and the Pacific
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Dr J Haacke, CLM 7.09 and Professor C Hughes, CLM 5.07
Optional course for MSc International Relations, MSc International Relations (Research), MSc International Relations Theory, MSc Theory and History of International Relations, MSc Comparative Politics, MSc Development Studies, MSc China in Comparative Perspective and LSE-PKU Double Degree in MSc International Affairs. Also available to students taking MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy as part of the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales programme. Available to other interested students where regulations permit.
All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the Student Statement box on the online application form linked to course selection on LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed.
A first degree in politics and/or history is desirable but special interest in the region is of prime importance.
The international political experience of major powers and post-colonial states in a region beset by recurrent conflict and external intervention during the Cold War and subject to a novel multilateralism in its wake.
The inter-linkages between the global, regional and local; the interests and role of the US; foreign and security policies of the major regional powers in relation to East Asia-Pacific; the impact of the legacy of colonialism and external intervention; the sources of bilateral and intra-regional conflict; the problem of regional order with reference to East and South-East Asia; the emergence and development of regional institutions.
A series of ten lectures is offered in MT: International Politics of Asia and the Pacific (IR418.1). Six weekly two-hour student-led seminars (IR418.2) will also be held in MT (weeks 3-8), with a further five two-hour, student-led weekly seminar followed by four 1.5 hour seminars (also IR418.2) with guest speakers organised in LT. There is also a two-hour revision seminar in week 1 of ST.
Students will be expected to write three 2,000-word essays by dates stipulated by the teachers responsible.
(A full reading guide will be made available to interested students).
Michael Yahuda, The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, 1945-1995 (Routledge Curzon, 3rd edn, 2011); Muthiah Alagappa (Ed), Asian Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 1998); Alagappa (Ed), Asian Security Order (Stanford University Press 2003); G John Ikenberry & Michael Mastanduno (Eds), International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (Columbia University Press, 2003); Alastair Iain Johnston & Robert Ross (Eds), Engaging China (Routledge, 1999); Glen Hook et al, Japan's International Relation (Routledge, 2nd ed.2005); Christopher Hughes, Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (London, Routledge, 2006); Amitav Acharya, Constructing a Regional Security Community in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2nd ed.2009); Jürgen Haacke, ASEAN's Diplomatic and Security Culture (Routledge Curzon, 2003). Ashley J Tellis and Michael Wills (Eds), Strategic Asia 2006-07: Trade, Interdependence and Security (The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2006); Mark Beeson (Ed), Contemporary Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2nd ed.2008); Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S Ross (Eds), New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy (Stanford University Press, 2007); Gilbert Rozman, Northeast Asia's Stunted Regionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2004).; Rex Li, A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse (Routledge, 2009).
Students will be required to sit a three-hour examination (100%).