SEST-582 Politics of European Security
Fall for 2017-2018
The course explores the current state of European security and security institutions (e.g. EU, NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)), the new European strategic environment, and the future of NATO as well as the Common European Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) of the European Union. 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 and its aftermath, will be discussed. In this respect, the refugee crisis that has challenged Europe will be discussed as well in all its aspects. The debate over engagement in Afghanistan, Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria as well as other deployments will be reviewed with respect to the politics, operations and strategy for European security.

The course will also address European relations with the United States, Russia and other actors in the international arena. Topics include the debate over Iraq and Syria 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 and weapons of mass destruction will also be major issues for class discussion.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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