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Christopher D Jones
JSIS A 416
Seattle Campus

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Explores the history of NATO since 1949. Case studies include German unification; evolving security relationship between NATO, the USSR, and its successor states; process of NATO enlargement; emergence of human rights as a priority in NATO"s security interactions with non-member states; and NATO's role in ethno-nationalist-religious conflicts in the Balkans.

Class description

The course will cover the following issues: the argument that NATO had its conceptual origins in the security concepts written into the 1787 U.S. Constitution; the transformation of NATO members into democracies/market economies during the Cold War; NATO’s evolving partnership with the EU; NATO enlargement as one instrument of democratization of former Warsaw Pact members; NATO’s unexpected transformation into a military alliance concerned with issues of human rights in the former Yugoslavia and other zones of ethnic/religious conflict; NATO’s dilemmas in Afghanistan, Libya and conflict zones in the Middle East.

Student learning goals

By examining several case studies based on primary and secondary sources students will learn to analyze, interpret and integrate policy decisions of the NATO alliance.

General method of instruction

One 2-hour lecture a week; one 2-hour session that mixes lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Interest In one or more of the following: European security and politics; US foreign policy; Soviet/Russian security policy

Class assignments and grading

Approximately 200 pages of reading a week. Writing on essay topics suggested by instructor. Option of student-designed essay topics.

100 points based on a 5 page essay/ 7 –page essay 100 points based on a 5 page / –page essay 200 points based on a 10-page essay/15 –page essay Total points: 400 converted to 4.00 scale.


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/16/2012