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Learn about issues shaping the region's future, including economic governance, integration and disintegration, migration, and questions of nationalism, and populism.

FEATURED COURSES

Study the essentials of governance - including economic governance - across Europe and Eurasia, and develop the expertise to apply the regional framework for critical analysis to other geographic areas.

Russia: The Making (and Unmaking) of a Russian Superpower

This course examines processes through which Moscow became one of the world’s two superpowers and later lost that position.

It focuses on several issues: the changing nature of international power during the past century, the evolution of Moscow’s foreign relations, the domestic political and economic processes through which the Stalinist garrison state generated international power, and the system’s vulnerabilities under conditions of incipient globalization. The course also briefly examines the prospects for Russia to resume a central global role in the new century.

The New Turkey

The primary objective of this class is to introduce students to Turkey’s rapidly evolving domestic and external environment.

The first part of the course will broadly cover Turkey’s domestic dynamics. After an overview of the Ottoman legacy, the course will analyze the official ideology of the republic, Kemalism, and the role of the Turkish military as the guardian of this official ideology. The course will then focus on the Kurdish question and political Islam as Turkey’s two major “identity” problems. The rise of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) in the last decade and the clash between Kemalism, the Kurdish question and political Islam will be a major theme of class discussions and presentations. The second part of the course will primarily deal with Turkish foreign policy and Turkey’s evolving strategic vision and culture under the leadership of AKP. Although the main emphasis will be on relations with the Middle East, Turkish Foreign policy towards the European Union and Russia will also be analyzed. The domestic determinants of Turkish foreign policy will be a particularly important theme to explore.

European Security

The course is addressed to students with an interest in European affairs, international relations and security studies.

Students will gain a complete overview of current empirical developments and academic debates on the theme of security on the European continent: Multilateral security and defense organizations (especially, NATO and the EU), national defense policies, and contemporary security challenges. The course seeks to encourage students to think critically about Europe and what it means both geographically and in terms of actors (organizations and states). It addresses security threats and their construction, from human security to “hard” security issues, including military interventions and terrorism.

The EU and Its Institutions

This course provides an introduction to the economic and political integration of the European Community and the European Union and its institutions.

Originally designed as a simple economic arrangement, the evolution and expansion of the European Union represents an unprecedented attempt at supranational integration that has resulted in a body of institutions that exert profound influence in global economic and political affairs. The material covered in the class will consist of a blend of the historical context, key ideas, events, and unintended consequences that illuminate and inform various competing theoretical paradigms that try to explain Europe’s dramatic transformation.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Matthias Matthijs

Associate Professor of International Political Economy

Mark Gilbert

C. Grove Haines Professor, Professor of History and International Studies

Anne Applebaum

Senior Fellow of International Affairs, Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute


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