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Japan's Reflection on a Rising China: The Domestic Politics of Japan's China Policy

February 29, 2012

Japan's experience with China's rise thus far suggests an increasingly tumultuous Northeast Asia.

Imperial Korea’s Western Capital (Sŏgyŏng): The Pyongyang Development Project, 1902-08

May 6, 2011

Except for specialists working on the period, the Korean Empire's (1897–1910) project to develop Pyongyang as the "Western Capital" (Sŏgyŏng) is not all that well known even among Korea historians....

Book Talk: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge

March 17, 2011

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Senior Fellow Adam Segal will talk about his new book, "Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge", analyzing Asia's technological rise,...

Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy

February 18, 2011

China and the World: The Stanford China Program, in cooperation with the Center for East Asian Studies, will host a special series of seminars to examine China as a major political and economic...

War Games: Childhood, Militarization, and the Future of a Pacifist Japan

February 11, 2011

RSVP'S NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED, VENUE HAS REACHED CAPACITY Winter Quarter Japan Seminar Series In March 2000, the release of Sony's new PlayStation2 hit a snag.

Truth and Reconciliation in South Korea

January 28, 2011

Northeast Asian countries share a tumultuous history from the last century.

Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan

October 28, 2010

Edwin O. Reischauer, Harvard Professor and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, was a seminal figure in both American education about and policy toward East Asia. In his detailed new biography, Dr.

The East Asian Community: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

September 9, 2010

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and with the advent of a new Japanese government, the long-simmering concept of an East Asian Community (EAC) has come to a boil.

How Should We Think About China?

July 30, 2010

Michael Armacost recently gave a talk, examining the “rise” of China, at a gathering of international affairs experts.

The Korean War After 60 Years: History and Memory in Korea and the United States

May 28, 2010

In commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, Korean Studies Program is hosting a special lecture by Professor Bruce Cumings of University of Chicago.

Nanshin: Japan and Southeast Asia in the 20th Century

April 27, 2010

An introduction to the origins, evolution, and recent  status of  interaction between Japan and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000. Mark R.

Stressed by Strife: ASEAN from Pattaya to Preah Vihear

April 26, 2010

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is Asia’s most resilient regional organization.  Its ambitious new charter aims to foster, in a dynamic but disparate region, a triply integrated...

Koreans as Japanese Soldiers: Reflections on Inclusionary Racism in WWII

April 9, 2010

Professor Fujitani’s presentation will be drawn from his forthcoming book, Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII.

The Cold War Freeze over War Compensation in Early Postwar Japan

March 5, 2010

More than six decades after the end of World War II, the Japanese government has yet to release an estimated ¥200 billion worth of unpaid wages owed to Korean forced laborers who were brought to...

Does North Korea Have a National Security Strategy?

October 30, 2009

Over the years, Kim Jong Il has pursued four inter-related goals that together might be considered as an implicit national security strategy:   reviving the economy;  buttressing domestic support...

Fractured Militaries: Armed Forces and Transitions from Authoritarian Rule in Asia

October 28, 2009

Under what conditions are autocratic regimes apt to break down when popular protests against them break out?  Prof.

The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Future of Extended Deterrence

May 11, 2009

North Korea’s nuclear weapon test in October 2006 and the subsequent “debate” in Japan about whether or not to ponder its own nuclear future brought renewed attention to the subject of Japan and...

The Tamogami Affair: History and Security in Northeast Asia

March 13, 2009

Reckoning with the Past:  Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Asia Is it possible to come to terms with the violent past and foster reconciliation with former foes, what are the obstacles and how...

Staying Alive: Thirty Years of Reforming China's Communist Party (CCP)

March 6, 2009

A central element of Deng Xiaoping's political reforms initiated during the 1980s was to reform the ways that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) related to other national institutions (the state and...

Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics

January 22, 2009

Is it possible to come to terms with the violent past and foster reconciliation with former foes, what are the obstacles and how can they be overcome?

The 2009 Elections in Indonesia: Parties and Candidates

January 8, 2009

Marcus Mietzner is currently Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University. Between 1998 and 2008, he lived, worked and researched in Indonesia.

Film and War Memories in Asia: Letters From Iwo Jima (film screening)

December 5, 2008

This is the final in a series of 4 film screening which will be followed by a discussion with director Clint Eastwood.

Domestic Politics of U.S.-Korea Relations

October 7, 2008

Kim argues anti-Americanism belongs to a category of political opposition which may be divided into orthodox dissent and unorthodox dissent: the former involving "efforts to improve the existing...

Japan's Nationalism: Myth and Reality

February 27, 2008

Some observers of Japan have pointed to a dangerous rise in Japanese nationalism.