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.


Taiwan's Security

Taiwan’s Security: The View from Political Science

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

On Friday, November 19th, the Asia Policy Program of the Strauss and Clements Center is partnering with UT’s Center for Taiwan Studies to co-sponsor Taiwan’s Security: The View from Political Science. Topics will include multilateral disputes over maritime claims in…

Sandra Fahy 11/11

States, Lies and Video: A Century of States Using Video to Deny Human Rights Abuses

November 11, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Zoom Webinar

On Thursday, November 11, the Strauss and Clements Centers’ Asia Policy Program hosted Sandra Fahy, Associate Professor in International and Global Studies with the Kroeger School of Public Affairs at Carleton University, for a virtual talk on “States, Lies…

Benjamin Young book talk 10/27

Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World

October 27, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Zoom Webinar

On October 27, the Strauss and Clements Centers’ Asia Policy Program hosted Benjamin Young, Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a talk…