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In 2008, East Asia became the largest energy consuming region on Earth, as well as the largest producer of greenhouse gases, surpassing both Europe and North America. In 2010, China surpassed the U.S. in total energy use, an event that occurred well ahead of all expectation and that marked a deep change in the global geopolitics of energy. Control over the future of global energy demand has passed from the U.S. and Europe to East Asia—a profound change in the nature of the modern world. No longer are rich, western nations at the center of the world energy system. Led by China, with its overwhelming dependence on coal and oil, E. Asia is now a center of great concern about whether humanity can frame a more sustainable future and avoid the worst effects of climate change. At the same time, the region remains home to many conflicts dating from WWII and even before—between China and Japan, between Russia and China, and between North Korea and the rest of the region. These conflicts are all re-written in the complex energy relations that typify this region. This class will examine and discuss these critical realities related to energy and the issues they raise not only for East Asia, but the world and its challenge to forge a more sustainable future.
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Class assignments and grading
Short papers, quizzes, weekly postings on required readings, class projects, final research presentation.