The United States is often thought of as an Atlantic-facing power because of its close linguistic, cultural, economic and historical ties to Europe. But the United States is also a major regional power in the Asia Pacific. This course will consider the often overlooked "transpacific" links connecting the US and East Asia in the 20th century. It will provide an overview of the causes and effects of increasing American involvement in the region and follow the changing relationships between the United States and China, the Koreas, and the Philippines.
Dayna Barnes, Ph.D., is a specialist in 20th-century international history, American foreign policy, and East Asia. She is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Development, Democracy and Rule of Law, and an associate at LSE IDEAS, the think tank for diplomacy and strategy at the London School of Economics.