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Obviously there can be many interesting questions on the United States, ranging from American culture to the politics of Washington. But, given the main concerns of this course, “Korea in a Global Context”, we will focus our attention on the Unites States’ power in international relations and its foreign and security policy, especially toward Asia.
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So, in this week, we will think about the following questions: - First, is the United States still a hegemonic power or is its power and influence in decline? - What kind of strategies does the United States utilise to maintain or increase its political, economic, and security influence in global politics? - What does the United States want in Asia? - Why does the United States still deeply involve in Asia even after the end of the Cold War? - What constraints does the United States faces in its involvement (or engagement) in Asia? - Is there any change in the Obama administration’s foreign policy as compared with that of the Bush administration? - How have South Korea-U.S.
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relations evolved since the World War II? - What do you make of the current relationship between these important two countries? There are numerous articles and books on the United States power in international relations and its foreign policy; and some of them are listed below. I hope you would have time to read and find them useful in understating the aforementioned questions.

In this week, we will pay our attention to the following questions:

  • Is the United States still a hegemonic power or is its power and influence in decline?
  • What kind of strategies does the United States utilize to maintain or increase its political, economic, and security influence in global politics?
  • What does the United States want in Asia?
  • Why does the United States still deeply involve in Asia even after the end of the Cold War?
  • What constraints does the United States faces in its involvement (or engagement) in Asia?
  • Is there any change in the Obama administration’s foreign policy as compared with that of the Bush administration?
  • How have South Korea-U.S. relations evolved since the World War II?
  • What do you make of the current relationship between these two countries?
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