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Christopher D Jones
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

SIS 490/590 NATO and European Security Affairs

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is probably the most successful and enduring military alliance in human history. This course focuses mainly on the internal politics and strategic debates of the NATO alliance, including: the development of the alliance military roles played by the US and by the European allies; the integration of Germany into a Western defense alliance; the evolution of nuclear weapons policies within NATO; the development of an approach to using alliance military power to negotiate diplomatic solutions to complex military-political problems in the zone between the Atlantic and the Urals. The course focuses on the several post-Cold War issues: the export of the NATO models of civil-military relations and collective defense to the former members of the Warsaw Pact; NATO intervention in the crises of human rights and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia; the expansion of NATO security concerns to Afghanistan; evolution of NATO- Russia relations.

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Class assignments and grading

Five short essays, one critical review, and a final 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.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2011