International Relations of East Asia

Dozens of people dressed in bright green uniforms carry poles that support a movable stage. A dancer twirling a green ribbon, stands on the stage.

A scene from the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Hosting the Olympic Games signaled to the world that China was on the rise. See Ses #21. (Image courtesy of Tim Hipps.)


MIT Course Number

17.433 / 17.434

As Taught In

Spring 2011


Undergraduate / Graduate

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The aim of this course is to introduce and analyze the international relations of East Asia. With four great powers, three nuclear weapons states, and two of the world's largest economies, East Asia is one of the most dynamic and consequential regions in world politics. This course will examine the sources of conflict and cooperation in both periods, assessing competing explanations for key events in East Asia's international relations. Readings will be drawn from international relations theory, political science and history.

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M. Fravel. 17.433 International Relations of East Asia. Spring 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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