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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Roland Löchli

Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Political Science & International Law
(PhD Students, March 1, 2013 - August 31, 2013)
  • 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.