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.


The North Korea Forecast for 2021: A Former National Intelligence Officer’s View

February 2, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:15 pm | Zoom Webinar

On February 2, the Strauss Center, Intelligence Studies Project, and Clements Centers welcomed Markus Garlauskas, a former North Korea National Intelligence Officer and Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Asia Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council,…

Surveillance with Chinese Characteristics: The Development and Global Adoption of Chinese Policing Technology

October 10, 2019 | 12:15 pm | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Colloquium will host Sheena Greitens, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, for a talk on “Surveillance with Chinese Characteristics: The Development and Global…

A Conversation with General Vince Brooks on North Korea and Asia Security Challenges

September 12, 2019 | 12:15 pm | Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs

On September 12, 2019, the Strauss Center, Clements Center, and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin hosted General Vincent K. Brooks (U.S. Army, Retired) for a talk on North Korea and…