Security Issues Today - JMB535
Title: Bezpečnostní problémy současného světa
Guaranteed by: Department of German and Austrian Studies (23-KNRS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:4/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 28 / unknown (0)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: combined
Teaching methods: combined
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. JUDr. Vladimír Handl, CSc.
Teacher(s): doc. JUDr. Vladimír Handl, CSc.
Incompatibility : JMB001
Pre-requisite : JMB525, JMB526, JMB527, JMB528, JMB529, JMB530
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Annotation -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)
The course will deal with security issues in Europe, North America, and the post-Soviet area. Emphasis will be put on new security threats, forms and reforms of international security cooperation, and challenges that states must face after the Cold War.
Aim of the course -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)

The course aims at introducing to students the security challenges of today's world, their implications and states' reactions.

Literature -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)

Basic literature:

Dančák, B. (ed.), Perspektivy západní civilizace a pět let globálního terorismu. Brno, Mezinárodní politologický ústav 2006, ISBN 80-210-4003-3, 119 s.

Eichler, J., Mezinárodní bezpečnostní vztahy. Praha, Vysoká škola ekonomická 2004, ISBN 80-245-0790-0, 164 s.

Mareš, M., Terorismus v ČR. Brno, Centrum strategických studií, 2005, ISBN 80-903333-8-9, s. 13-66.

Waisová, Š., Současné otázky mezinárodní bezpečnosti. Plzeň, Aleš Čeněk 2003, ISBN 80-86473-42-2, 144 s.

Waisová, Š., Bezpečnost: vývoj a proměny konceptu. Plzeň, Aleš Čeněk 2005, ISBN 80-86898-21-0, 159 s.

Further reading:

1. New security threats

European Council, A Secure Europe in a Better World: European Security Strategy. Brussels, 12.12.2003, 14 s.

Heisbourg, F., A New Security Landscape: the End of the Post-Cold War Era, Asia-Pacific Review, vol. 10, no. 1, 2003, s. 52-63.

Van Munster, R., Logics of Security: The Copenhagen School, Risk Management and the War on Terror. Political Science Publications 10/2005, University of Southern Denmark,

2. International law and organizations

Makinda, S.M., International Law and Security: Exploring a Symbiotic Relationship, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 51, no. 3, 1997, s. 325-338.

Oberleitner, G., Human Security: A Challenge to International Law?, Global Governance, vol. 11, 2005, s. 185-203.

Weiss, T.G., The Illusion of UN Security Council Reform, The Washington Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 4, 2003, s. 147-161.


Coonen, S.J., The Widening Military Capabilities Gap between the United States and Europe: Does It Matter?, Parameters, vol. 36, Autumn 2006, s. 67-84.

Peterson, J., All in the (Dysfunctional) Family? Transatlantic Relations after Iraq, Current History, vol. 103, no. 676, 2004, s. 355-363.

Sloan, S.R., Borchert, H., Mind the Three Transatlantic Power Gaps: How a New Framework Can Help Reinvent the Transatlantic Relationship, Connections, vol. 2, no. 3, 2003, s. 35-49.

4. Terrorism

Abdullaev, N., Saradzhyan, S., The Trade-offs between Security and Civil Liberties in Russia?s War on Terror: The Regional Dimension, Demokratizatsiya, vol. 14, no. 3, 2006, s. 361-406.

Deflem, M., Europol and the Policing of International Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism in a Global Perspective, Justice Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 3, 2006, s. 336-359.

5. Failed states

Ehrenreich Brooks, R., Failed States, or the State as Failure?, The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 72, no. 4, 2005, s. 1159-1196.

Stefanova, B., The European Union as a Security Actor: Security Provision through Enlargement, World Affairs, vol. 168, no. 2, 2005, s. 51-66.

6. Other threats and challenges - energy security, migration, environmental security

Elhefnawy, N., Toward a Long-Range Energy Security Policy, Parameters, vol. 36, no. 1, 2006, s. 101-114.

Faist, T., ?Extension du domaine de la lutte?: International migration and security before and after September 11, 2001, The International Migration Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2002, s. 7-14.

Foster, G.D., Environmental Security: The search for strategic legitimacy, Armed Forces and Society, vol. 27, no. 3, 2001, s. 373-395.

Teaching methods -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)

Lecture, independent work

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: HANDL (16.10.2020)

A) Research paper (cca 15 normalized pages) on one specific country and its approach to a specific type of threats. The research paper must have the following structure:

1) Short introduction
2) Review of the literature to the topic
3) Methodology and research question, i.e. what question does the paper answer and how
4) Data description, i.e. the steps defined in the methodology section
5) Discussion
6) Short conclusion

The topic can be discussed with the lecturer via email or personally in advance.
The structure will be addressed during the lecture shortly.
The paper must be handed in through moodle email by 8 January. Later submission (by 15 January) will automatically mean lower grade. Papers submitted after 15 January will not be evaluated.

B) Written exam testing the overview of the compulsory reading. (During the examination period.)


Research paper max. 60 points; exam max. 40 points. Grading according to the standard scale A-F used at the FSV UK.

Syllabus -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)

1 New security threats

2 International law and organizations


4 Terrorism

5 Failed states

6 Other threats and challenges - energy security, migration, environmental security

Entry requirements -
Last update: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (05.04.2008)

The student must have passed the following courses: