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Spring 2012

  • 6 April 2012: Discussion, 'Japan's foreign policy: the U.S. - Japan alliance and U.S. hegemony in the Asia-Pacific in light of the "Arc of Freedom and Prosperity"'
    Chaired by doctoral researcher Misato Matsuoka
    • Recommended reading:
      • Sohn, Yul (2010) 'Japan's New Regionalism: China Shock, Values, and the East Asian Community', Asian Survey, 50:3, pp. 497-519.
      • Hosoya, Yuichi (2011) 'The Rise and Fall of Japan's Grand Strategy: The “Arc of Freedom and Prosperity” and the Future Asian Order', Asia-Pacific Review, 18:1, pp. 13-24.
      • Taniguchi, Tomohiko (2010) 'Beyond "The Arc of Freedom and Prosperity": Debating universal values in Japanese grand strategy', Asia Paper Series 2010, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. (Available at
  • 17 February 2012: Discussion, 'The East Asian Supply Chain'
    Chaired by doctoral researcher Michiel Foulon
    • Recommended reading:
      • Breslin, Shaun (2005) ‘Power and production: rethinking China’s global economic role’, Review of International Studies, 31, pp. 735-753.
      • Levy, Philip I. (2011) ‘The United States and China: Macroeconomic Imbalances and Economic Diplomacy’, AEI Economic Policy Studies Working Paper 2011-04, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. (Available at 2011.pdf)
  • 10 February 2012: Discussion, ‘Multiple modernities’
    Chaired by Dr Peter Ferdinand