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.


Bad Debts: Assessing China’s Financial Influence in Great Power Politics

November 19, 2009 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

Dr. Eugene Gholz, Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, welcomed Dr. Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, to speak…

Stabilizing Northeast Asia: Korea Between the United States and China

February 3, 2009 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

The Robert S. Strauss Center welcomed Dr. Tom McNaugher of the RAND Corporation on February 3, 2009 to discuss the current state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula. Dr. Eugene Gholz, a Strauss Center Senior…

Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

October 1, 2008 | 5:00:00 | LBJ School Student Lounge

Mike Chinoy, long-time foreign correspondent for CNN and author of Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, visited the LBJ School on Wednesday, October 1st, to discuss his book, the looming crisis…