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SEST-582 Politics of European Security
Fall for 2014-2015
Politics of European Security addresses the wide-range of security issues in which the Europeans are involved, including negotiations with Iran, the dispute over Iraq, Russian relations with Europe, particularly with respect to energy, the independent European force, and participation in Afghanistan and the Balkans as well as issues of domestic security, including the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. After a brief historical review of developments during the Cold War, the course focuses on the new strategic landscape of the post-Cold War era with a focus on the post-9/11 era and the impact of these changes on traditional assumptions about European security and transatlantic relations. It pays particular attention to key issues such as European and U.S. defense capabilities, European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), European peacekeeping operations, the politics of NATO/EU enlargement, the challenges of terrorism, failed states and WMD, and Europe/Middle East issues. The UK, Germany, France, and Russia are highlighted. The course includes a simulation dealing with Afghanistan and a European Security Strategy exercise. It concludes with an assessment of the prospects for trans-Atlantic cooperation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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Fall '14: Mattox, G and Dettke, D (file download)
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SEST-582-01 Politics of European Security
Fall for 2014-2015
Dettke and Mattox
This course examines the dramatic changes that have taken place in European security affairs since the end of the Cold War, focusing in particular on the changing role of key European institutions such as NATO, the EU, and OSCE. After a brief historical review of developments during the Cold War and a discussion of events leading to the end of the Cold War, the course focuses on new strategic landscape of the post-Cold War era and the impact of these changes on traditional assumptions about European security. It pays special attention to key issues such as: European and American defense capabilities, European and NATO peacekeeping operations, the politics of NATO and EU enlargement, weapon proliferation and missile defense, European and American policies in the Middle East, and the challenges posed by terrorism. The course concludes with an assessment of the prospects for trans-Atlantic cooperation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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