Challenges to International Security in the Asia-Pacific

Overview and aims

The module provides an excellent platform if you’re willing to expand their knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary political relationships in the Asia-Pacific. It also critically engages you in some of the most current international security debates over the region, for example the continued development of the Association of South East Asian Nations as an international actor, the plethora of traditional and non-traditional security challenges, the rise of China, the United States’ Pivot East, and democratisation of Myanmar.

The module adopts a regional focused approach to address the range of challenges and responses that have emerged in the Asia-Pacific, the ways in which these issues have been resolved, and the significant reasons why some have not been rectified.

This module explores and analyses how the Asia-Pacific has developed, both in terms of individual member states and with the development of super-national organisations in the form of ASEAN. It will also explore the role that external actors have had in facilitating and hindering these developments.

Module content

Module topics

  • Regional Actors (ASEAN, ARF, APEC)
  • Global Actors (China, USA)
  • Member States (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Singapore, and the Pacific Islands)
  • Security Challenges (Economics, Environmental, Ethnic Conflict, Drugs and Sex Trafficking, Terrorism)
  • Opportunities For Cooperation (Disaster Management, Conflict Resolution)
  • Future Possibilities (ASEAN Community)

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • identify and critically compare and contrast the interests and priorities of state and non-state actors in the Asia-Pacific region
  • critically investigate different approaches to (in)security taken by key actors in the Asia Pacific
  • use a range of theoretical approaches to critically analyse the security and developmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific
  • critically evaluate, synthesise and apply literature of Asia-Pacific studies to the study of security and international relations

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking when faced with a range of theories, arguments and facts
  • develop logical thinking and rational argumentation strategies in light of theories and evidence
  • have confidence in personal writing skills, reading strategies, note-taking, report-writing and synthesising abilities

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