Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2002



Course Number

DIPL 6011/4196

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the international relations system of Southeast Asia and the foreign policies of the Southeast Asian states. Throughout the course three levels of interaction will be examined: the Southeast Asian states as autonomous actors, the regionalization of Southeast Asian foreign policies, and the states’ and region’s relations in the IR environment external to Southeast Asia.

The course will begin with a review of the major environmental and historical factors shaping the regional international system. A review of the principal interests and capabilities of the system’s actors will follow. A major emphasis of the course will be regionalism in an analysis of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The background to this is the changes in the oostCold War security environment in Southeast Asia, in particular the new, emerging regional distribution of power. The course also will give consideration to emerging problem areas in the region, including ethno-religious conflict, the environment and human rights.