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Scott B. Radnitz
EURO 420
Seattle Campus

Post-Soviet Security

Examines security issues in Eurasia, emphasizing human over international security. Focuses on problems stemming from the collapse of the Soviet Union, covering topics such as weak states, civil wars, nationalism, corruption, and authoritarianism. Includes Russia's relations with former Soviet republics and U.S.-Russian relations.

Class description

This course is about security issues in post-Soviet Eurasia. It emphasizes human, rather than conventional, security, and includes topics such as economic and social welfare, weak states, and corruption. This course takes a holistic approach that looks at the linkages of different types of security issues, and analyzes the role of neighboring states and international actors in the region.

Student learning goals

Identify the major theoretical and policy debates concerning security in the former Soviet Union

Define and discuss different concepts of security

Articulate and differentiate institutional, cultural, and agency-based explanations for political and social outcomes

Write an analytical paper that applies and critiques social science theories

Formulate policy-relevant solutions to current problems afflicting the region

General method of instruction

Seminar with participation required

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short papers, long paper, participation, final exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Eva Maria M Maggi
Date: 02/02/2011