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.


“China’s Reform and Opening Up: Four Decades of Legacies and Lessons” Conference

February 8, 2019 | 8:10 am - 4:20 pm | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.124

China is commemorating four decades since it turned away from Mao Zedong Thought, and toward the blend of market and socialist policies initiated in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping collectively known as Reform and Opening Up….

Red China’s Green Revolution

February 8, 2019 | 12:15 pm | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.124

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Strauss Center presented Dr. Joshua Eisenman, Distinguished Scholar for the Strauss Center, for a talk on his recently released book, Red China’s Green Revolution.  n his talk, Eisenman covered the four…

China’s Authoritarian Challenge

November 28, 2018 | 12:15 pm | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Strauss Center welcomed Aaron Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, for a talk on “China’s Authoritarian Challenge.” This talk was part of the Strauss Center’s…