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H-JAPAN December 7, 2005 Dear Colleagues, I would like to call your attention to the next meeting of the Kansai Modern Japan Group. Presenter: Emre Saraoglu (Kyoto University) Theme: Target States' Counter-Alliance Tactics in International Politics; North Korea's Tactics vis-a-vis the U.S.-South Korean Alliance and the Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance Discussant: Izumikawa Yasuhiro (Kobe Jogakuin University) Time: Thursday 15 December, 18:30-20:30 Place: Computer Room, Osaka Sangyo University Umeda Satellite, Osaka. You can find the abstract below. The satellite kyoshitsu of Osaka Sangyo University is located on the 22nd floor of the Dai-yon biru. Great views! You can find a map at http://www.umeda-osu.ne.jp/ (click on 'akusesu'). It's a 6 minute walk from JR Osaka station and a 9 minute walk from Hankyu Umeda station. Subways, the Hanshin line and the JR Tozai-sen get you even closer (especially the Tanimachi-sen Higashi-Umeda station is almost within the Dai-yon biru). As for January, we will start the new year with the 'traditional' shinnenkai at sake bar Yoramu in Kyoto on Wednesday 11 January. David Hopkins will bring along his precious phonographs and records to enliven his lecture on Japanese popular music of the 1920s and Yoramu-san will provide us with a festive meal and various samples from his junmaishu collection. On Friday 20 January we will be back in Osaka, where David Walton will give a presentation on contemporary Australia-Japan relations. I will send you a more detailed announcement of the January meetings in due time. Looking forward to welcome many of you next week, Dick Stegewerns Associate Professor Osaka Sangyo University <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Abstract Target States' Counter-Alliance Tactics in International Politics - North Korea's Tactics vis-a-vis the U.S.-South Korean Alliance and the Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance While the formation and subsequent management of international alliances have been amply studied within the framework of Alliance Theory, little attention has been paid to theorizing on the actual engagement between alliances and the adversaries they were formed against. The one notable exception is Yasuhiro Izumikawa's 'theory of alliance balancing strategy'. In this presentation, I focus on target states' counter-alliance tactics and offer a theoretical framework which tries to complement and improve on Izumikawa's work. I draw upon North Korea's post-Cold War counter-alliance tactics vis-a-vis the U.S.-South Korean alliance as a case study, and use the findings to discuss future challenges toward the U.S.-Japan alliance. Emre Saraoglu is a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. He graduated from Middle East Technical University (Ankara) in 1999 and received his M.A. in International Relations at Kyoto University in 2003. He has published several articles on international politics and international law. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ You can manage your H-Japan subscription at H-Net Subscription Management Page without requiring the use of LISTSERV commands by email. Change of address operations, digest requests and temporary mail suspensions can be handles by using this page. The link to this page is: http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/lists/manage.cgi