East Asia Security and Rights

Examining human rights, national security, and international relations issues associated with East Asia

About the Program

Exploring security and rights issues in East Asia, with a focus on China and North Korea

The rapid rise of China continues to have an extraordinary impact on its neighbors and the broader world, and promises to remain a central issue for American foreign policy for years to come. Abroad, an increasingly assertive China poses foundational questions for the American-led international order, while at home the combination of authoritarianism and growing technological prowess is leading to new forms of government control. In North Korea, meanwhile, totalitarianism continues to hold the North Korean people firmly in its grasp, while on-again, off-again nuclear tensions keep South Korea, Japan, the United States, and other allies on edge.

The Strauss Center’s East Asia program focuses on these parallel issues of international security and individual human rights. Through visiting speakers, conferences, research, and courses, we seek to enrich understanding of these dilemmas while bringing the world to the doorstep of UT students and the broader community that are interested in them.


China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017

February 1, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B

On Tuesday, February 1, the Asia Policy Program, a joint venture of the Strauss and Clements Centers, and the Center for East Asian Studies will host Rana Inboden, Senior Fellow with the Strauss Center, for a talk on…

Joanna Chiu's book cover "China Unbound"

China Unbound: The New World Disorder

January 25, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Zoom Webinar

On Tuesday, January 25, the Asia Policy Program will host Joanna Chiu, Senior Journalist at the Toronto Star, to discuss her latest release China Unbound: The New World Disorder. This talk will be moderated by Sheena Greitens, Director of the Asia…

Taiwan's Security

Taiwan’s Security: The View from Political Science

November 19, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:45 pm | Zoom Webinar

On November 19th, the Asia Policy Program of the Strauss and Clements Center partnered with UT’s Center for Taiwan Studies to co-sponsor Taiwan’s Security: The View from Political Science. The topics included multilateral disputes over maritime claims in Asia, U.S….