MIM 516: The International Politics and Political Economy of Asia Pacific

Prof Mel Gurtov Prof Gil Latz
Office: 650D Urban Affairs Building Office: 424C Cramer Hall
Telephone: (503) 725-5974 Telephone: (503) 725-5350

Email: mgurtov@aol.com

Email: latzg@pdx.edu

GA: Tim Stoddard
Email: t.j.stoddard@att.net

Course Purposes:

The course is designed to enable the international management student to: (1) identify and anticipate the politics of international events and transactions; (2) understand key issues and forces in the transition from the cold war to the periods of post-cold war, interdependence, and globalization; (3) understand the relationship between domestic and external politics, including the roles of culture, bureaucracy, and history; (4) clarify the motives, goals, and interests of major governments; and (5) appreciate the role of regional and international groupings in Asia Pacific's present and future politics.


S. Kim, ed., The International Relations of Northeast Asia
McGrew & Brook, eds., Asia Pacific in the New World Order
Reading packet (readings marked with *)
Internet news articles and class charts (readings marked with **)

Student Responsibilities:

(1) Consistent attendance and active participation;
(2) five topic summary papers (see guideline -- 50% of grade), due the week following the class;
(3) final examination (50% of grade).

Lecture Topics:

  Aug. 24 The Shaping of the World and East Asian Political Economy Since 1945 (Gurtov)
  Readings McGrew & Brook, chs. 1-3 (for historical background); Kim, ch. 1; *Layne & Schwarz, "American Hegemony," Foreign Policy (Fall, 1993)
  Charts Major Questions About E. Asia, Asia After Cold War, Timeline of Events, The Cold War in Asia, Major Changes in International Political Economy since 1945, Shaping of the Post-War World Political Economy, Hegemony
    What is international political economy?  Origins of the postwar international order. Nationalism, colonialism, and the Asian revolutions. Political economy of the cold war and post-cold war orders in Asia. U.S. motives and objectives in Asia.
  Aug. 31 Is There an Asia Pacific?  (Latz)
  Readings McGrew & Brook, chs. 4 and 11; *F. Zakaria, "A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew," Foreign Affairs (FA), Mar-Apr 1994; *Amartya Sen, "Human Rights and Asian Values"
    Controversy over regional identity; the question of "Asian values"; sources of cooperation and dissonance; nationalism today; a coming "clash of civilizations"?
  Sept. 7 China Rising (Gurtov)
  Readings: Kim, ch. 3; *Minxin Pei, "Is China Democratizing?" FA, Jan-Feb 1998; Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, "Crisis in China's Countryside"; Hu Jintao, "Advancing Win-Win Cooperation for Sustainable Development"; **J. Kahn, "Behind China's Bid for Unocal".
  Charts Factors Shaping China's World Outlook, Foreign Policy Decisionmaking: From Vertical to Horizontal Authoritarianism, China: Present and Future, PRC Interests and Objectives in the 1990s, Assessing China's Rise, China: Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy.
    Chinese politics, economy, and society in the reform era.  China's rise: a balance sheet.  Is there a "China threat"?
  Sep. 14 The Two Koreas (Prof. Martin Hart-Landsberg, Lewis & Clark College)
  Readings: Kim, chs. 8-9; *Hart-Landsberg, "The South Korean Economy & US Policy,"; *The North-South Korea Summit Agreement of June 2000.
    Development and underdevelopment in the two Koreas; the U.S. role in S. Korean politics and foreign policy; Kim Dae Jung's "sunshine" policy and its future under Roh Moo Hyun.
  Sept. 21 China's Changing Regional and Global Relationships (Gurtov)
  Readings: Kim, chs. 2 and 10; McGrew & Brook, ch. 7; ** Roger Cohen, "Shaping China's Future Power"; ** Nicholas Kristof, "The China Scapegoat".
  Charts Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in China, China and Multilateralism, Persistent Objectives in China's Foreign Policy, Independence under Deng and Jiang, External Influences on Domestic PRC Policymaking, China's Zhoubian Diplomacy in the 1990's,
    China's response to globalization. Is China a threat? Taiwan and other issues in U.S. -China relations. China's new perspective on East Asian Secuirty.
  Sept. 28 "Normal" Japan? (Gurtov)
  Readings: McGrew & Brook, ch. 6; Kim, chs. 4-5; *M. Tamamoto, "After the Tsunami, How Japan Can Lead"; ** Wenran Jiang, "Japan Dips its Toe in the Taiwan Strait".
  Charts Controversies Over Japan, Japan For Pol Schools, Japan's Fundamental Interests, US-Japan, Resurgent Japanese Nationalism, Roadblocks For Japan
    Japan in Asia; a leadership role?; competing paradigms of Japan's foreign policy; security issues; Japan- China relations and other security issues; scenarios of Japan's future.
  Oct. 5 Regionalism: Regional Cooperation and the "Asian Way" (Gurtov)
  Readings: McGrew & Brook, chs. 5, 12-14; *M. Gurtov, Pacific Asia? ch.3
  Charts Major Asia Pacific Regional Associations, Environmental Problems in East Asia, The Slow Pace of Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Bilateralism and multilateralism: competing models of regional order; regionalism and regionalization; patterns of political-economic interaction; the APEC and ASEAN models.
  Oct. 13 Comprehensive Final Examination (Latz)

School Policy: Failing to demonstrate honesty and integrity will result in a grade of F.

Paper Guidelines

Choose 5 topics from the first 7 class meetings.  Each paper is due in class the Wednesday following the class that is the subject of your paper.

Your job in the paper is to summarize one or more of the main issues discussed in the readings and lecture, and to assess the importance of the issue(s) for understanding the politics and economics of Asia-Pacific.

Papers (text portion) should be no more than 2 pages, double-spaced in 12-point font.

Papers should have footnotes or end notes that refer, with page references, to the class readings.  Show, in other words, that you have read the week's materials.