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.


Nanking Documentary Screening

April 22, 2008 | 7:00:00 | ACES Avaya Auditorium

The documentary Nanking followed the tragic events associated with Japan’s aggression against China and invasion of Chinese capital in December of 1937. Using archival footage and photographs from that time, the film documents the massacres…

China & Global Institutions: Explaining Economic Competitiveness

February 26, 2008 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

Ed Steinfeld, an associate professor of political science at MIT, discussed how China cooperates with international institutions that set the “rules” for global governance. He argued that frequent allegations about China not abiding by the…

Asian Economic Integration and U.S. Policy Options

February 22, 2008 | 12:30:00 | Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.109

Michael Plummer discussed accelerating Asian economic integration and its consequences for U.S. foreign policy. Initially the result of market forces, integration now is directed by states through special economic agreements, including free-trade areas. Dr. Plummer…