INAF-293 Island Disputes in Asia
Fall for 2015-2016
Spring for 2015-2016
Smith, Sheila
This course will examine bilateral relations among Northeast Asian powers and their disputes over territorial sovereignty. The course is divided into three sections. The first section will examine the history of these contested islands, including the bases (legal, historical, etc.) used by countries in the region to defend their claims as well as the role played by non-claimant states such as the United States. The second section will look at the factors that are motivating tensions today, including rising military competition in the Asia Pacific, growing nationalism, and leadership transitions in Northeast Asia. Finally, the last section will examine dispute resolution mechanisms: Can these disputes be managed and/or resolved through bilateral diplomatic efforts or should they be addressed in multilateral organizations such as the International Court of Justice and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea? Students will be expected to choose one dispute for analysis. Short writing assignments leading up to a final assessment of causes, consequences, and solutions will be required.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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