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.


Journal of Contemporary China Special Issue Conference: Domestic Drivers of China’s Foreign Policy and US-China Relations

May 23, 2018 | 9:00:00 |

On May 23, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center and the Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, hosted an important academic conference at the University of Denver. This event expanded upon a conference…

China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World

April 5, 2018 | 12:15:00 | Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.124

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center and Clements Center hosted Dr. Joshua Eisenman, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center…

Domestic Drivers of U.S.-China Relations: Politics, Public Opinion, and International Intervention 

February 1, 2018 | 8:00:00 | Texas Union Governors' Room, 3.116

On February 1, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center hosted an important academic conference at UT-Austin, one that brought leading scholars of Chinese foreign policy into conversation with experts on America’s foreign policy towards China. The aim…