SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentInternational Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year
Course NameAsia Security in the Global Context
InstructorLIU FU-KUO
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

  • Introduction: Global security and challenges

  • Global security: multi-dimensional security challenges

  • Post-Cold War Power Structure in Asia

  • Transformation of Asian Geo-politics: the rise of China

  • The Uncertain United States to Asia: Leadership Challenged

  • Security Structure Cracking: New challenges of US-Japan Security Alliance

  • Geo-politics in Northeast Asia:

    • China-Japan rapprochement

    • Japan-Korea complicate relation

    • Taiwan Political Transformation and the Cross-strait Relations

  • The Nature of Southeast Asian Security

  • Southeast Asian Security: Moving into a Regional Security Community

  • Maritime Security in the region

  • The South China Sea: US-China Strategic Contest

  • Global rivalry: Indo-Pacific strategy vs. Belt and Road Initiative

  • Conclusion: Taiwan in Asia Security

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

to be confirmed


1. Attendance (30%)

2. Term paper (40%)

3. Group presentation (20%)

4. Course discussion (10%)


Textbook & Reference

Acharya, Amitav. (2002), Regionalism and multilateralism: essays on cooperative security in the Asia-Pacific. Singapore: Times Academic Press.

Acharya, Amitav and Evelyn Goh, eds., (2007), Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Competition, Congruence, and Transformation. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

“ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” (2019), ASEAN Secretariat,

Ayson, Robert and Desmond Ball, eds., (2006), Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific. Canberra: Allen & Unwin Academic.

Bateman, Sam and Joshua Ho. Eds. (2012), Maritime Challenges and Priorities in Asia: Implications for Regional Security, Oxford: Routledge

Bush, Richard C. (2005), Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait. Washington D.C.: The Brookings Institution Press.

Bush, Richard C. (2010), The Perils of Proximity: China-Japan Security Relations. Washington D.C.: The Brookings Institution Press.

Buszynski, Leszek and Christopher B. Roberts, (2015), The South China Sea Maritime Dispute Political, Legal and Regional Perspectives, London: Routledge.

Calder, Kent E., and Francis Fukuyama (eds.), (2008), East Asian Multilateralism: Prospects for Regional Stability. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Clad, James, Sean M. McDonald, and Bruce Vaughn, (eds.), (2011). The Borderlands of Southeast Asia. Washington D.C.: Institute for national Strategic Studies, National Defense University.

Ghiasy, Richard. Fei Su, and Lora Saalma, (2018), “The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Security implications for ways forward for the European Union,” Stockholm International Peace Research Institute,

         Gupta, Amit. Ed., (2008), Strategic Stability in Asia. London: Ashgate.

Hoadley, Stephen. (2006), Asian Security Reassessed. Singapore: ISEAS.

“Indo - Pacific Strategy Report: Preparedness, Partnerships, and Promoting a Networked Region,” (2019), Department of Defense,

Ikenberry, G. John, and Michael Mastanduno (eds.), (2003), International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific. New York: Columbia University Press.

Kang, David. (2017), American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Medeiros, Evan S., et al., (2008), Pacific Currents: The Response of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, (2014), Entering Uncharted Waters? ASEAN and the South China Sea. Singapore: ISEAS.

Pempel, T.J. ed., (2013), The Economy-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia, Oxford: Routledge.

Sutter, Robert. (2008), Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War. New York: Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Raine, Sarah and Christian Le Miere, (2013), Regional Disorder: the South China Sea Disputes. London: International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Wu, Shicun and Keyuan Zou, (2009), Maritime Security in the South China Sea: Regional Implications and International Cooperation. London: Ashgate.

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