Scott B. Radnitz
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.
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
Class assignments and grading
Short papers, long paper, participation, final exam