André Asplund

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Japan Foundation CGP Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies (August 2016 - May 2017)
Areas of interest : 
Japanese Foreign Policies and Foreign Aid; Human Rights and Democratization; Japan and ASEAN

André Asplund specializes in Japanese foreign policy and diplomacy in East and Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in how Japan’s normative ambitions of spreading human rights and democracy fits within its international relations with non-democratic and strategic partners in ASEAN. He is currently looking at Japanese foreign aid and EU free trade agreements with Vietnam—a nation of growing strategic importance for the two self-proclaimed “civilian powers”, EU and Japan. He has previously written on the process of institutionalizing human rights in Southeast Asia through the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and it’s something that he is still closely observing.


EAST 405, EP&E 498, PLSC 157

Japan and Human Rights in Asia

Examination of human rights and democracy in East Asia through the lens of Japan’s past and present role as a regional power. Students gain understanding of what increased competition with China for influence over Southeast Asian nations, as well as growing tension in the South China Sea, might entail for regional development, human rights implementation, and further democratization of the region. 

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM