This is my first full online course. It examines the interaction between states and markets in macroeconomic policy formulation and implementation, both in theory and in practice, linking classic works on political economy with current policy debates. We will, first, review three major theoretical paradigms in political economy —liberalist, Marxist, and statist—and explore key topics in international and domestic political economy: (1) the origins and evolution of global financial system; (2) the origins and evolution of the international trade (GATT) system. Responding to students’ growing intellectual demand on finance, this course will review more extensively on the origins and evolution of global financial system, especially focusing on the rise of the Bretton Woods system after World War II and its collapse, financial globalization and crises, and government’s macroeconomic policy responses to crises.

This course explores the international relations of Asia in the border context of global political economy and security relations. It will examine the pattern of economic development, multilateral regional economic cooperation, and military conflicts of the region. The course will be composed of three parts: (1) theoretical and historical reviews on the international relations in Asia; (2) the dynamics of economic development and the deepening intra-regional economic integration; (3) bilateral and multilateral security relations among Asian countries. This will cover East Asia (China, Japan, Korea), Southeast Asia (ASEAN), South Asia (India), and Central Asia.

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