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Arista Maria Cirtautas
SISRE 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.

Class description

This course will focus on the regional security challenges, broadly conceived, that Europe, in various multilateral configurations (EU, NATO, OSCE), has been coping with since the end of the Cold War. These challenges have recently become especially acute in the face of the upheavals in North Africa, declining democratization in Eastern Europe, and the rise of competing regional powers (Turkey and Russia). At the same time, economic crises have dominated the agenda of European leaders and limited their capacity to respond to changing geopolitical conditions. Consequently, the post-Cold War vision of an “unipolar multilateral European order” centered on the EU and NATO as stabilization and democratization promoting organizations has become increasingly untenable even as such policies are as essential as ever to enhance the long term security of Europe and its neighbors in Wider Europe and North Africa. Ultimately, even the most specific Western security concerns (e.g., trafficking, counter-terrorism, energy security, cyber security, food security, urban security) are best addressed within the context of broader programs designed to promote human security. If Europe cannot deliver the requisite policies, the danger of chronic disorder looms large.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be asked to prepare weekly response essays (during the first part of the course); to present on a case study of their choosing (during the second part of the course) and to write a final research paper.


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.
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Last Update by Arista Maria Cirtautas
Date: 09/19/2011