United States-East Asian Relations

EALC-E 386 — Spring 2018

Ria Chae
Ballantine Hall 244
Days and Times
4:00P-5:15 p.m. MW
Course Description

At the time of an (in)famous exchange of views on Asian security between U.S. Secretary of War William Taft and Japanese Prime Minister Katsura Taro in 1905, the U.S. seemed to have little interest in Korea. Today, South Korea is, in the words of Barack Obama, one of the “greatest friends” of the U.S. in Asia, whereas North Korea is arguably one of Washington’s biggest headaches. In this course, we will examine the development of U.S.-Korea relations from the first direct encounters in the late nineteenth century to the contemporary period. You will learn to sue different prisms of diplomatic history, analyze changes in attitudes and policies of the U.S. and the two Koreas toward each other, locate those changes within the larger picture of East Asian regional politics, and apply newly-acquired knowledge to community service by collaborating with the Indianapolis War Memorial.

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