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Winter 2012

  • 5 December 2012: Discussion meeting, 'Ethnic minorities in China: Identity, Legitimacy & Representation'
    Chaired by doctoral researchers Pablo Rodriguez-Merino (Warwick) and Jinghan Zeng (Warwick)
    • Discussion readings:
      • Clarke, Michael(2008): 'China's “War on Terror” in Xinjiang: Human Security and the Causes of Violent Uighur Separatism',Terrorism and Political Violence, 20:2, 271 — 301
    • Relevant news items:
      • Global Times, 2012, Joining the minority,
      • TeaLeafNation, 2012, When Will China’s Leader Be An Ethnic Minority?,
  • 14 November 2012: Discussion meeting, 'The U.S.-Japan alliance and Taiwan: Security Dilemma?'
    Chaired by doctoral researchers Atsuko Watanabe (Warwick) and Hung Chang(Warwick) (Slides)
    • Academic reading:
      • Evelyn Goh, 2011, "How Japan Matters in the Evolving East Asian Security Order", International Affairs, vol. 87, Issue 4, pp. 887-902.
      • Yoshihide Soeya, 2009, "US and East Asian Security Under Obama Presidency: A Japanese Perspective", Asian Economic Policy Review, vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 292-307.
      • Qingxin Ken Wang, 2000, "Taiwan in Japan's Relations with China and the United States after the Cold War", Pacific Affairs, vol. 73, No. 3, pp. 353-373.
    • Recent news items:
      • The New York Times, 2005, China Denounces United States-Japan Agreement on Taiwan,
      • The Washington Post, 2005, "Japan to join US Policy on Taiwan",
      • People's Daily, 2012, "Taiwan Prefers to Remain on the Fence with Japan US",
      • Taipei Times, 2012, "Taiwan-China ties in South China Sea Concern US",
  • 17 October 2012: Discussion meeting, 'The Responsibility to Protect and Asia - Translating 'Words into Deeds''
    • Chaired by Catherine Jones 
      • Recommended reading:
        • Alex J. Bellamy & Catherine Drummond 'The responsibility to protect in Southeast Asia: between noninterference and sovereignty as responsibility', The Pacific Review 24(2), 2011, pp.179-200
        • Jochen Prantl, and Ryoko Nakano, 'Global Norm Diffusion in East Asia: How China and Japan Implement the Responsibility to Protect' International Relations 25(2), 2011, pp.204-223
        • You might also like to note Paragraphs 138-139 World Summit Outcome Document (A/RES/60/1). Available at
        • Further relevant readings can be found at