East Asian Security (DIP 600)

Spring 2015

Monday 9:30am-11:30am


Dr. Robert M. Farley

Office: Patterson 1177

Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-3pm

Office Telephone: 859-257-4668

E-mail: farls0@gmail.com



The political geography of the East Asian region has been transformed over the last two hundred years, a process that continues today.  The growing importance of East Asia to the global economy makes security competition in the region problematic to the entire world.  Although the region has avoided direct Great Power conflict since 1953, security institutions have been slow to develop.  This course examines the security interests of the major powers in the region, with special emphasis on areas of potential conflict. 



Student discussion will take up the bulk of class time.  I expect everyone to attend, have studied the readings, and have a familiarity with current events.  Any major reputable newspaper will suffice for the latter, although I prefer the New York Times.


Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course,


Academic Integrity

Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize, cheat, or falsify or misuse academic records. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses.  The minimum penalty for a first offense is a zero on the assignment on which the offense occurred.  If the offense is considered severe or the student has other academic offenses on their record, more serious penalties, up to suspension from the university may be imposed. 


Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct.  Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Complete information can be found at the following website: http://www.uky.edu/Ombud.  A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty. It is important that you review this information as all ideas borrowed from others need to be properly credited.


Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work, whether it be a published article, chapter of a book, a paper from a friend or some file, or something similar to this. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his/her own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student, and the student alone.  However, nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be a part of the public domain (Section 6.3.1).



Grading will be based on class participation (20%), two 6-8 page papers (30% each) and one final examination (20%).


Each of the two 6-8 page papers must be typed and double-spaced.  Please do not exceed the page limit.  Although specific topic is up to you, one paper should have a regional focus, while the other should concentrate on a particular nation-state.  The papers need not hold to any particular format (policy oriented memo, for example), but should be internally consistent.  Additional research is welcome, and may be necessary for the adequate presentation of some topics.  The first paper is due on the week of your presentation (see below), and the second on the final day of the course. 


You are required to present and defend one paper during class.  You must indicate to me a preference for which week to present by the second week of the course, such that I can stagger presentations. The presentation should last about fifteen minutes, and will be followed by a fifteen minute question and answer period.  The presentation will make up 50% of your participation grade, or 10% of the total grade.


The papers will be evaluated on both content and presentation.  Information must be accurate, arguments well thought out, and style compelling. 


Class Materials

Purchase of the following books is recommended.




Week 1 (1/20): Introduction


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapters 2, 3


Week 2 (1/27): ASEAN


Beeson, Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, 4


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 9

Christopher Hemmer and Peter J. Katzenstein, “Why is There No NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism,” International Organization, Vol. 56, No. 3 (Summer 2002), pp. 575 - 607

John F. Bradford, The Growing Prospects for Maritime Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Naval War College Review, Summer 2005



Week 3 (2/3): APEC


Beeson, Chapters 3, 5, 6


Shannon Tiezzi, China’s APEC Diplomacy, The Diplomat: APAC, August 30, 2014


Week 4 (2/10): Shanghai Pact


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 11


Anton Barbashin, “The Eurasian Illusion,” Foreign Affairs, January 15, 2015.


Andrew Scheineson, The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Council on Foreign Relations, March 24, 2009.


Week 5 (2/17): Global trade regime


Chang, Part 1


The Economist, China and the WTO  (Politics, Economics)


Julia F. Lowell, Shujiro Urata, Megumi Naoi, and Rachel M. Swanger, The United States, Japan, and Free Trade, RAND, 2012.


Shambaug and Yahuda, Chapters 13, 14

Lydia DePillis, Everything You Need to Know About the Trans Pacific Partnership, Washington Post, December 11, 2013.


Week 6 (2/24): Energy


Zhang Jian, China’s Energy Security. Brookings Institute, July 2011


New Outlooks for Asian Energy Security (Workshop Report), NBR, May 2014.


Week 7 (3/3): War on Terror


Rommel C. Banlaoi, “Maritime Terrorism in Southeast Asia: The Abu Sayyef Threat”, Naval War College Review, Autumn 2005.


Terrorism in Asia (multiple authors), The Diplomat: APAC, September 10, 2011


Week 8 (3/10): ESCS


Cole, Chapter 6


Till, Intro, Chapter 1


Week 9 (3/24): Pivot


Cole, Chapter 2


Till, Chapter 2, 3


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 4


Week 10 (3/31): China

Cole, Chapter 5

Till, Chapter 4, Conclusion

Chang, Part 2

Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 6



Week 11 (4/7): India


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 7


Cole, Chapter 7, 8


Week 12 (4/14): Japan


Cole, Chapter 3


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 8


Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes, Japanese Maritime Thought: If Not Mahan, Who?  Naval War College Review, Summer 2006


Masahiro Matsumura, Japan’s History Debate Reconsidered, International Herald Tribune, November 17, 2006

Masahiro Matsumura, The Regional Dynamics of Japan’s History Debate: Epiphenomena, Substance, and Prospects, Brookings Institute, October 13, 2006.



Week 13 (4/21): Korea


Cole, Chapter 4


Shambaugh and Yahuda, Chapter 12


Bruce Bennett, Preparing for the Possiblity of a North Korean Collapse, RAND, 2013 (browse).



Week 14 (4/28): Overview

Cole, chapter 9