GEST-545 International Affairs in Europe
Fall for 2016-2017
Spring for 2016-2017
The revolutions in Eastern Europe, the unification of Germany and the disintegration of the Soviet Union have radically changed the structure of Europe's international relations. This seminar focuses on understanding what distinguishes today's European order from previous orders, how Europe has reached its current position, and what is relevant about the past for understanding Europe's future. The course explores the role of the balance of power in the European state system, the origins and consolidation of the Cold War stalemate, the nature of alliances, the attempts to enhance security through detente, and the debate over why the system collapsed. It also examines the central role of Germany, the content and significance of French exceptionalism, the debate over U.S. hegemony, and the significance of European integration for European interstate relations. Finally, the course surveys the efforts to create a new order based upon common commitment to democratic governance and multilateral institutions, the reconstruction of norms of sovereignty and nonintervention, and the contending theories about the nature of the emerging European state system.