East Asian Century?

East Asian Century? Opportunities and Challenges for the Region and for the United States. Will East Asia dominate the 21st century as the United States did during the 20th? Can China continue it rapid economic growth and navigate the shoals of pressure for a more open political system? How will the demographic maturation of Japan shape its internal and external strategies? Are the two Koreas destined to re-unite and with what impact on the region and the world? Will India become a major factor in the stability of the region? What strategies should the United States pursue during the period of enormous change? The answers to these questions will have profound consequences for the United States in and the world in the coming decades. This course will examine the emerging patterns of interaction between the key countries in East Asia and how their domestic political and economic evolutions will affect their policies toward each other, toward the rest of the region, the United States and the world. While the principal focus will be on China, Japan and the Koreas, the course will also examine other key regional players (ASEAN countries, India, Russia) as well as regional organizations such as APEC. Throughout, the course will look at how the actions of the United States can influence the trajectory of the region, and how sustainable US policies can be developed to advance US political, economic and security interests over the long term. The course will be taught by two scholar/practitioners with extensive experience in the region, which will be supplemented by visiting experts and policymakers from both the United States and region

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Monday 2:00 - 5:00 pm SRH 3.109

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Steinberg, James B Steinberg, James B