- Chinese-Japanese security relations
- Security politics and maritime security in East Asia
- International Relations Theories
Working title: International Relations Theories and the Chinese-Japanese interaction in the East China Sea
The dissertation applies three International Relations theories to the Sino-Japanese interaction in the East China Sea. Numerous factors in the past decades have led to stability – stability defined as absence of violence and threat of violence to solve conflicts of interest – in the East China Sea being questioned by scholars and the media alike. However, armed conflict has been successfully avoided between the two states despite a host of incidents. Therefore, the dissertation seeks to explain the causes of this relative stability in the East China Sea. In this context, three IR theories provide the methodological framework.