Geostrategy in the Asia-Pacific

lspri2650  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Geostrategy in the Asia-Pacific
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h
Atanassova Elena;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
This course examines major geostrategic and security issues facing selected countries in the Pacific Basin, by emphasising both the challenges to regional peace and stability, and opportunities for cooperation. The Asia-Pacific region, as defined for the purposes of this course, is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. In the post-Cold War era, the region has been undergoing a major shift in the balance of power, while struggling with the legacies of the Cold War. With a rising China, a 'rebalancing' US, a more assertive Japan, a nuclear-armed North Korea and two divided nations - Korea and China, as well as several territorial disputes and newly emerging powers in Southeast Asia, the Asia-Pacific is increasingly important in global military and strategic terms, in addition to its significance in economic ones.
Introduction to the course and review of the syllabus; Conceptualisation of the Asia-Pacific region and theoretical perspectives; Alliances, major power (US-Japan-China) relations and strategic competition in the Asia-Pacific; geostrategic issues of the Taiwan Strait and the Korean Peninsula; strategy and security in Southeast Asia; maritime territorial disputes in the China Seas; ASEAN-led multilateralism and institution-building.
Teaching methods
The course emphasises active learning. The teaching method consists of lectures and small group discussions.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam.
Online resources
PPT et certains des lectures
dossier de lecture  
Teaching materials
  • plan du cours; PPT (sur le Moodle); dossier de lecture (disponible via la Duc)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General