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    This paper explores the key issues in contemporary Asian security. The origins and evolution of these issues are examined with reference to concepts in the security studies field.

    Since its inception, New Zealand has been profoundly affected by, and deeply involved in, developments in Asian security. And there are many unresolved questions that hang over Asia’s security. Why is North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons seen as a problem? What are the issues influencing the US-China rivalry? How much say do regional states have in Asia’s security? What is the Taiwan question and how should it be settled? What role does history play in twenty-first century Asia? We explore these and other related questions in this paper.  

    About this paper

    Paper title Asian Security
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
    Schedule C
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    Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo


    There is no standard textbook for this paper. Readings will be drawn from the University's existing database of journal articles and books.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to

    • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts in the security studies literature relevant to the topic
    • show detailed empirical knowledge of the various security issues in contemporary Asia
    • demonstrate and awareness of major debates in the field
    • illustrate their understanding in written analysis


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


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    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-38
    A2 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-38
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