Power, Cooperation and Competition in East Asia Research Cluster


Cluster description

Members of this research cluster share an interest in contemporary international relations as well as international history in East Asia since the late 19th century. We investigate the causes and processes of international cooperation and competition with reference to the structure of international system, agencies, norms, and cultures that have generated changes in the region. While researching the international relations of China, Japan, Korea, we examine how and why different orders rose and declined in the region, and investigate new emerging trends in East Asian international relations. We actively take into account wider issues in global and regional governance, which impact upon the roles played by China, Japan, and Korea. We draw on a variety of research methods, from history to social sciences, and aim at identifying enduring patterns and emerging trends that help us explore ways to promote greater cooperation and reconciliation in the region and world.

Research areas covered
Global and regional governance in East Asia
International relations of China, Japan, and Korea
Soft power and inter-cultural relations in East Asia and the Pacific
Comparative political economy in East Asia
International security in East Asia
International and transnational history in East Asia since the late 19th century

Current Research Projects

Dr Deokhyo Choi: Modern Korea and Japan; Inter-Korean relations; Korea-Japan relations; Cold War international history; Comparative history of empire and decolonisation

Prof Hugo Dobson:
International relations, multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G7 and G20 and Japan’s role therein. The role of images in shaping our understanding of international relations and Japan’s role in the world, from postage stamps and logos to TV programmes such as The Simpsons.

Prof Katherine Morton:
China’s international relations and its changing role in the world with a particular focus upon transnational security challenges such as climate change, food security, or internal conflicts that require new institutional mechanisms, forms of governance, and collective norms to regulate behaviour. China and Global Governance, China and the changing Global Order, East Asia security relations, China’s Western frontier, and maritime security in the East and South China seas.

Dr Hiro Watanabe: International political economy of Japan and East Asia, the Sino-Japanese leadership competition in the context of regional economic integration, the international relations of East Asia, Japanese/comparative political economy, Japanese and Korean politics of labour market deregulation, neoliberal diversification of Japanese employment, economic inequality and working poor in Japan and Korea, comparative political economy of unions' response to deteriorating working conditions, social movement unionism.