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.


Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia – And What It Means for the United States

October 22, 2018 | 12:15 pm | Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Strauss Center and Clements Center welcomed Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, and Isaac Stone Fish, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China…

End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

September 11, 2018 | 12:15:00 | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Strauss Center and Clements Center welcomed Carl Minzner, Professor of Law at Fordham University, for a talk on his latest book, End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival…

China’s Sharp and Soft Power

May 31, 2018 | 14:00:00 | The Stimson Center

On Thursday, May 31, the Robert Strauss Center, in partnership with the Stimson Center, welcomed Bonnie Glaser, Director of China Power Project at CSIS, Joshua Eisenman, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at University of Texas, Austin, and Yun Sun,…