The course analyses international relations and politics in Northeast and East Asia from the end of World War/the outbreak of the Cold War until the end of the Cold War in 1989/1990. The events, developments and actors which shaped the political and security environment in Northeast and East Asia will be analyzed. In this context, amongst others the following topics will be analysed and discussed: Sino-Chinese relations and the making and breaking of the China-Soviet Union alliance, Chinese foreign and security policies under Mao Zedong, Chinese-Japanese relations during the Cold War, the Korean War and its impact on regional and global politics and security, Japanese foreign and security policies, the Vietnam War and the US role in and impact on Asian security.