East Asia

Chairs: Robert Thomas & Michael Buckalew

The East Asia discussion group will focus on a variety of political, economic, military, and social trends that are shaping East Asia from the Kamchatka to the Malay peninsulas. We hope to share and discuss current events with an eye toward policy relevance and what's next. Initial topics will include China's impact in international relations, the evolving role of ASEAN, Japan's normalization, and the US role in the region.

Sample Topics:

  • Trends & Change in East Asian Domestic Politics
  • Congressional Politics on East Asia
  • Challenges in East Asia for the Next Administration
  • How the US Can Meet the Challenges in East Asia
  • East Asia in Washington

Membership Criteria:

  • An active interest in Asian Politics, from Northeast Asia extending to India/Pakistan
  • Academic, volunteer, or professional background tangentially related to Asia
  • Dedicated to being an active member of the group
  • Willing to take on periodic leadership responsibilities. We have a rotating steering committee.
  • A sense of humor
  • We don't care if you are in a policy shop, a gubbie, or in private industry, we are actively seeking members from all sectors

Suggested Reading:

Economy, Elizabeth. The River Runs Black. Cornell University Press, 2005.
Shambaugh, David. China's Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation. University of California, 2008.
Tellis, Ashley J. and Wills, Michael. Strategic Asia 2006-07: Trade, Interdependence, and Security. National Bureau of Asian Research, 2006. 
Suettinger, Robert. Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of US-China Relations 1989-2000. University of California, 2002. 
Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power & Purpose. Public Affairs, 2008.
Samuels, Richard. Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia. Cornell University Press, 2008. 
Weatherbee, Donald. International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005.