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Security in Euroatlantic Area and Global Regions - JPM561
Title: Security in Euroatlantic Area and Global Regions
Guaranteed by: Department of Security Studies (23-KBS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: both
E-Credits: 6
Hours per week, examination: 1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: winter:32 / 25 (32)
summer:unknown / unknown (32)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
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
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Is incompatible with: JPM404, JPM403
Last update: Aliaksei Kazharski, Ph.D. (06.09.2021)
The course provides the students with a basic overview of regional security with an enhanced focus on European and transatlantic security. Course participants will be introduced to some of the key concepts and problems discussed in the field of regional security studies. They will also gain some empirical knowledge of regional security cooperation outside of the European/Western context and will learn to adopt a comparative regionalist perspective, critically evaluating the similarities and differences in regional security challenges, political and cultural legacies, concomitant path dependencies, and the ensuing trajectories of the local institution building efforts.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D. (15.09.2023)

The primary aim of the course is to introduce the students to the research and policy agenda of regional security. The students should be provided with conceptual and theoretical tools that can help them examine security cooperation in individual regions during later stages of their academic and/or policy careers. A secondary objective is to stimulate the development of reading, writing, debating, and critical thinking skills.


Course completion requirements
Last update: Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D. (19.02.2024)

Grade composition

Policy brief – 2 x 30%

Policy paper – 20%

Presence / activity  – 20%


Please, see the syllabus for details.

Last update: Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D. (19.02.2024)

  • Buzan, Barry & Wæver, Ole (2003): Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Katzenstein. Peter J. ed. (1996): The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Lundestad, Geir (1999): ‘Empire by Invitation’ in the American Century. Diplomatic History. Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 189-217.
  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew (1996): Ukraine's Critical Role in the Post-Soviet Space. Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 20, pp. 3-8.
  • Alberque, William & Schreer, Benjamin (2022): What Kind of NATO Allies Will Finland and Sweden Be? Survival, Vol. 64, No. 6, pp. 123-136.
  • Börzel, Tanja A. & Risse, Thomas (2019): Grand theories of integration and the challenges of comparative regionalism. Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 8, pp. 1231-1252.
  • Neumann, Iver B. & Wigen, Einar (2018): The Steppe Tradition in International Relations: Russians, Turks and European State Building 4000 BCE-2018 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 
  • Valbjørn, Morten & Lawson, Fred H. (eds.): International Relations of the Middle East (Volume III): The Role of Ideas and Identities in Middle East International Relations. London: SAGE.
  • Heisbourg, François (2021): Euro-Atlantic Security and the China Nexus. Survival, Vol. 63, No. 6, pp. 45-62.
  • Calinoff, Jordan & Gordon, David (2020): Port Investments in the Belt and Road Initiative: Is Beijing Grabbing Strategic Assets? Survival, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 59-80.
Requirements to the exam
Last update: Aliaksei Kazharski, Ph.D. (06.09.2021)

Viz výše soubor se sylabem kurzu / See the file containing the course syllabus

Last update: Mgr. Matúš Halás, Ph.D. (19.02.2024)

  1. Intro
  2. Regional Complexes and Security Communities
  3. The United States
  4. NATO and Enlargement
  5. The Eastern Flank 
  6. Russia and Ukraine
  7. Economy and the EU
  8. Middle East and North Africa
  9. Demographics and Culture
  10. Indo-Pacific
  11. Infrastructure & wrap-up
Entry requirements
Last update: Aliaksei Kazharski, Ph.D. (06.09.2021)

Viz výše soubor se sylabem kurzu / See the file containing the course syllabus.

Registration requirements
Last update: Aliaksei Kazharski, Ph.D. (06.09.2021)

Viz výše soubor se sylabem kurzu / See the file containing the course syllabus.

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