Mr. Takanori Kitamura
East Asia is today observing a historic power shift accelerated by the gigantic economic expansion and has also witnessed various moves related to regional integration. How will the regional order be shaped in East Asia? How does the power shift affect the existing balance of power?
This course aims to provide students with updated political and economic situation of East Asia with focus on the on-going process of regional integration. Students are expected to build capacity to analyze East Asia from the global and long-term perspectives.
The first half is to review the long-term trend of the world politics and to analyze the evolution of the international order. The regional integration is given a special attention in analyzing an international framework that may contribute to securing a safer and more prosperous regional community.
The second half is to look into various moves related to regional integration. Together with the on-going process of regional integration, specific issues such as the Korean Peninsula Crisis and Sino-Japanese relations are also taken up as a case study. Students will examine a political and economic regional framework that best fits situations in East Asia.