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Asia-Pacific Security

Peking University, Beijing, China
2017-07-17 - 2017-07-28
Course Fee
11.500 CNY (tuition fees + study materials + accommodation + social programme)
4 ECTS & Certificate of Attendance
Advanced Bachelor
Course description

This course introduces theoretical and policy approaches to the study of conflict, cooperation, and regional order and applies them to the contemporary Asia-Pacific region, including East and Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Specific topics covered will include developing great power rivalry in Asia; inter-state and intra-state conflicts; maritime security; a range of so-called 'non-traditional' and 'human security' challenges, including transitional crime, economic security and terrorism issues; and the role of regional institutions such as ASEAN, the ARF, APEC and the East Asian Summit in addressing current security issues. These will be examined within the overall idea of ‘regionalism’, meaning whether the Asia-Pacific is developing as a specific security region in the international system.

Current theories of international security, including schools of realism and liberalism but also newer approaches such as critical theory, will be used to explain trends in the study of security issues in the region. 

Student profile/target group

Students of the social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A wide range of interests will help, but no specific expertise is required.



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Course Requirements

Participation and discussion will constitute a central part in this course. Attendance is mandatory, and students are expected to complete all required readings prior to class meetings and to actively participate in class discussion. Absence without legitimate reasons will lead to deduction in scores for participation and discussion.

The proceeding of the course will be based on students’ presentation of the required readings related to the general themes and specific topics. Throughout the course, each student is expected to write a short memo (1-2 pages) 1-3 times (depending on the number of student enrollment), which briefly summarizes and critiques required texts for a particular session. Memos and presentations will count toward scores in participation. The students who prepare memos should circulate the memos to other students and the instructor before class, and each make a 5-7 minute presentation in class, which is followed by class discussion. 


Three parts of the evaluation will be calculated as follows:

  • Participation and discussion 40%
  • Presentation and critique 15%
  • Paper(s) 45%

There are two options about writing assignments for this course. The first option is to write two short response papers (3-4 pages each, double-spaced and typed with 12-point font) on the required readings for two particular class periods. The second option is to write one longer analytical paper (12 pages, double-spaced and typed with 12-point font) on a topic that is relevant for the study of Asian Security, and that should focus on one or more specific issues or topics of this course.

Papers do require research on primary sources, but they should be associated with the assigned texts and other relevant literature.
The two short papers are each due by Friday, 17 July, and Friday, 31 July. Students who choose to write a longer paper/project should determine their topics in consultation with the instructor by the end of the first week and should submit the papers by Monday, 2 August. No late submission will be accepted unless a legitimate reason is presented to the instructor at least three days in advance. If students have questions concerning how to pick up a topic and/or how to write paper(s), please consult with the instructor. 


There are no textbooks for this class, and instead there will be assigned weekly readings as well as recommended articles for background research. 

Course structure

see course schedule below

For more information

Required application documents



Course director / Lecturers

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    Dr. Marc Lanteigne

    Dr. Marc Lanteigne is a Canadian citizen and currently Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, Norway. He obtained his PhD at McGill University, Montréal in 2002 with his thesis entitled Doorways and Mirrors: Chinese Power and International Institutions in which he analyses China’s policies of engagement with international institutions, economic and strategic, and their importance in enhancing China’s standing as a great power and developing global power in the evolving post- cold war international order.

    Previous to his current position, Dr. Lanteigne was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington (2010-14) and Board Member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs; Lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, (September 2006 – June 2010); Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and the International Development Studies (IDS) Programme at McGill University, Montreal (September 2004 – June 2006); Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (September 2002-June 2004).

    Dr. Lanteigne has published extensively on China, including the textbook China’s Foreign PolicyAn Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 2009). (Second edition published January 2013Third edition in preparation for 2015).

Course schedule
July 15, 2017

Arrival day

July 16, 2017

Registration and orientation

July 17, 2017

15.00-1800 Session 1: Introduction: Security in the Asia-Pacific

Session 2: The Major Questions of Asian Security

July 18, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 3: China's Rise, Security and Insecurity

July 19, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 4: Japan: From Economic Security to Hard Realism?

July 20, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 5: The Korean Peninsula

July 21, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 6: Southeast Asia

July 24, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 7: Faded Glory? The Role of the United States

July 25, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 8: The South Pacific: A New Strategic Arena?

July 26, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 9: Institutions and Norms: How Asia Cooperates (or Doesn't)

July 27, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 10: The Economics - Security Nexus

July 28, 2017

15.00-18.00 Session 11: Human Security and Soft Power

Session 12: Conclusions and What's Next?


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