SEST-582 Politics of European Security
Fall for 2016-2017
The course explores the current state of European security and security institutions (i.e. EU, NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)). It considers the new European strategic environment in light of the recent terrorist attacks and arrival of over a million refugees. as The role of NATO and the EU Common European Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) have confronted tremendous challenge.. With a focus on the development and execution of the European Security Strategy, security issues in the Eastern Neighborhood, such as the cases of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, where Russia and the EU have been on a collision course, as well as developments in the Southern Neighborhood and the Mediterranean Union, in particular the security implications of the Arab Spring, will be discussed. The debate over engagement in Afghanistan, Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria as well as other deployments will be reviewed with respect to politics, operations and strategy.

The course will also address specifically European relations with the United States, Russia and other actors in the international arena in addition to the foreign and defense policies of Germany, France, Britain, and others.. Topics include the debate over the Syrian conflict as well as European policies with respect more generally to the Middle East, in particular Iran and the Middle East Peace Process. Emerging defense institutions since the Lisbon Treaty (EU crisis management, battle groups, etc) and European defense capabilities and roles both in NATO and in the EU will be analyzed. The politics of NATO transformation and NATO- and EU-enlargement, as well as new global threats for European security such as terrorism, cybersecurity and weapons of mass destruction will also be major issues for class discussion. "

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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