ASTK18258U Security Challenges from the Baltics to the Eastern Mediterranean
Bachelor student (2012 programme curriculum): 10 ECTS
Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 7.5 ECTS
Master student: 7.5 ECTS
This course aims to explore the contemporary security challenges in NATO’s eastern and southern flanks, from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The course is structured around three seas that face considerable security challenges; the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and the Eastern Mediterranean. We will explore those challenges (from military confrontation to cyber and information warfare, from energy geopolitics to terrorism to refugees) and the policies/strategies of the major state and non-state actors involved including NATO, EU, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, ISIS, and other relevant actors.
The classes include lectures, guest lectures from practitioners, and workshops such as crisis simulations/scenario planning activities that will enable the students to put their newly acquired knowledge and skills to use.
Students will develop an understanding of the most important security issues in the Baltics, the Black Sea, and the Eastern Med. They will understand the policies and strategies of major actors. Students will have knowledge of recent developments in the field and will be able to reflect on the future developments in these regions.
Describe, understand, and analyze the security challenges in the regions under investigation. Understand and critically analyze the policies of major actors in the relevant regions. Assess and critically evaluate the political, social, and economic developments in the relevant regions as they pertain to security concerns.
Critically reflect on the contemporary security issues in the Baltics, the Black Sea, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Acquire hands-on, real-time experience in dealing with geopolitical and geoeconomic events in the real world through workshops.
As the focus of the course is on on-going security challenges an updated list of readings (mostly policy articles and briefs, backgrounders, and analytical reports) will be provided in the first week of classes.
The following list is illustrative:
- Elias Götz (2016) Russia, the West, and the Ukraine crisis: three contending perspectives, Contemporary Politics, 22:3, 249-266
- Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, “The European Union and the Black Sea Region in Search of a Narrative or a New Paradigm”, Sinem Akgül Açıkmeşe and Dimitrios Triantaphyllou (eds.), The European Union and The Black Sea: The State of Play, Routledge, 2016, pp. 8-22
- Daniel Byman, “Understanding the Islamic State—A Review Essay”,International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016), pp. 127-165
- Nicolas de Pedro and Francis Ghiles. 2017. War in Peacetime. Russia’s Strategy on NATO’s Eastern and Southern Flanks. CIDOB. Available in ( https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/monographs/monographs/war_in_peacetime_russia_s_strategy_on_nato_s_eastern_and_southern_flanks)
- Nicolas de Pedro et.al. 2017. Facing Russia’s Strategic Challenge: Security Developments from the Baltic to the Black Sea. CIDOB. Available at ( https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/monographs/monographs/facing_russia_s_strategic_challenge_security_developments_from_the_baltic_to_the_black_sea)
- Ann-Sofie Dahl. 2015. Baltic Sea Security. CMS, University of Copenhagen. Available at ( https://cms.polsci.ku.dk/publikationer/2015/Baltic_Sea_Security__final_report_in_English.pdf)
- Mustafa Aydin (eds). 2018. The Levant: Search for a Regional Order. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
- CRS. 2019. Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and US Response. Available at (https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33487.pdf)
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentFree assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Free written assignment
Criteria for exam assesment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
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