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.


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Book Talk—The Language of Political Incorporation: Chinese Migrants in Europe with Amy Liu

October 8, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | WCH 4.118 & Zoom Webinar

On Friday, October 8, the Asia Policy Program, of the Strauss and Clements Centers, and the Center for East Asian Studies hosted a talk with Associate Professor Amy Liu, Associate Professor in the Department of Government at UT Austin. Professor Liu…

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Is Coexistence Possible Amidst Intensifying Rivalry? Charting a Path For the Future of U.S.-China Relations

October 7, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | LBJ School Plaza

On October 7, the Asia Policy Program— a joint effort of the Strauss and Clements Centers— hosted Ryan Hass, author of Stronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence, for a talk titled “Is Coexistence…

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century

March 23, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Zoom Webinar

On Tuesday, March 23, the Strauss and Clements Centers hosted Josh Rogin, columnist for the Washington Post, for a book talk on his upcoming release Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First…