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Russia's Aggression against Ukraine: Implications for European Security. - JMMZ251
Anglický název: Russia's Aggression against Ukraine: Implications for European Security
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 15 / 15 (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D.
Vyučující: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D. (11.02.2018)

The course is a selective course designed for Master’s students specializing in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies as well as other relevant MA programs. It is a one semester course; it consists of twelve sessions taking place once a week as outlined in the syllabus. First half of each session will be devoted to students’ class presentations outlining the key themes in question. The second half will be reserved for a class discussion of the topic, drawing on the students’ presentations as well as assigned readings.
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D. (11.02.2018)

Aslund, Anders. Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It. Washington, DC: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2015.
Berezovets, Taras. Aneksiia: ostriv Krym. Khroniky hibrydnoii viiny. Kyiv, Bright Star, 2015.
Bērziņš, Jānis. Russia's New Generation Warfare in Ukraine: Implications for Latvian Defense Policy. Riga: National Defence Academy of Latvia Center for Security and Strategic Research, 2014.
Covington, Stephen. Putin's Choice for Russia. Cambridge, MA: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 2015.
Ćwiek-Karpowicz, Jarosław, and Stanislav Secrieru. Sanctions and Russia. Warsaw: Polish Institute of International Affairs, 2015.
Czuperski, Maksymilian, and John Herbst, Eliot Higgins, Alina Polyakova and Damon Wilson. Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine. Washington: DC, Atlantic Council, 2015.
Daalder, Ivo, and Michele Flournoy, John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Steven Pifer, James Stavridis, Strobe Talbott and Charles Wald. Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do. Washington, DC.: Atlantic Council, 2015.
Darczewska, Jolanta. The Anatomy of Russian Information Warfare: The Crimean Operation, A Case Study. Warsaw: Centre for Eastern Studies, 2014.
Dawisha, Karen. Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015.
Fedorov, Yury. Hybrid War A La Russe. Kyiv: Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies; Bisnespoligraf, 2016.
Granholm, Niklas, and Johannes Malminen and Gudrun Persson. A Rude Awakening: Ramifications of Russian Aggression Toward Ukraine. Stockholm: FOI, 2014.
Grant, Thomas D. Aggression against Ukraine: Territory, Responsibility, and International Law. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Herpen, Marcel H. Van. Putin's Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.
Horbulin, V. P. et al. Donbas i Krym: Tsina povernennia. Kyiv: NISD, 2015.
Iashin, Iliia, and Ol'ga Shorina. Putin. Voina. Po materialam Borisa Nemtsova. Nezavisimyi ékspertnyi doklad. Moskva 2015.
Mahda, Yevhen. Hibrydna viina: vyzhyty i peremohty. Kharkiv: Vivat, 2015.
Pomerantsev, Peter, and Michael Weiss. The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money. New York: Institute of Modern Russia, 2014.
Pomerantsev, Peter. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia. New York: Public Affairs, 2014.
Rácz, András. Russia's Hybrid War in Ukraine. Breaking the Enemy's Ability to Resist. Helsinki: FIIA, 2015.
Šír, Jan et al. Ruská agrese proti Ukrajině. Praha: Karolinum, 2017.
Wilson, Andrew. Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
Winnerstig, Mike. Ed. Tools of Destabilization. Russian Soft Power and Non-military Influence in the Baltic States. Stockholm: FOI, 2014.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D. (11.02.2018)

Course requirements are: a) class participation (20 percent); b) weekly position papers (30 percent); c) one in-class presentation (20 percent); d) final paper (30 percent).

Attendance and active class participation are required as the course is designed as a seminar. Students are allowed to miss no more than one week. A legitimate explanation must be provided for any further absence.

For each class, specific readings (two to three book chapters or academic articles) will be disseminated to the students. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the assigned readings in advance in order to engage in weekly class discussions. For each class, the students are expected to deliver a position paper based on the assigned readings. The position paper should provide a brief summary of the authors' arguments as well as own commentary thereon. The paper should be one page long (corresponding to 300 to 400 words).

Furthermore, each student is supposed to deliver one in-class presentation. The presentation should provide an informative background of the topic discussed. It should be 20 to 30 minutes long. Should the student be unable do deliver his or her scheduled presentation, he or she must inform the instructor in advance so the course can be rescheduled accordingly. Failure to deliver the assigned presentation will result in failure of the course.

The final essay (due May 30) should have the form of a critical book review. The reviewed book should be a recent academic publication relevant to our course. The book title is subject to the instructor's prior approval. The review should provide a brief summary of the book under scrutiny, a critical reflection of its main argument, supported by own evidence demonstrating a solid orientation in the problem as well as an overall assessment of its contribution for the chosen auditorium. The review should be some five pages long (corresponding to 1,500 to 2,000 words). Reviews conceived as a mere retelling of the main story line will be assessed unsatisfactory.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D. (06.03.2018)

Feb 23 - Introduction


March 2, 8.00am, room J4018 - The Strategic Importance of Ukraine


Allison, Roy. "Russian 'deniable' intervention in Ukraine: how and why Russia broke the rules." International Affairs 90, no. 6 (2014): 1255–1297.

Bukkvol, Tor. "Why Putin went to war: ideology, interest and decision-making in the Russian use of force in Crimea and Donbas." Contemporary Politics, 22:3 (2016): 267–282.


March 2, 9.30am, room J3014 - Putin, Putinism, and Russkii Mir


Motyl, Alexander J. "Putin's Russia as a fascist political system." Communist and Post-Communist Studies 49, no. 1 (2016): 25–36.

Aron, Leon. "Putinology." The American Interest 11 no. 1 (2015).

Etkind, Alexander. "The Decay of the Russian Public Sphere." Current History (Oct 2015): 278–281.


March 9, 8.00am, room J4018 - The Annexation of Crimea


Putin, V. V. "The Crimean Speech."

Gerasimov, Valery. "The Value of Science Is in the Foresight: New Challenges Demand Rethinking the Forms and Methods of Carrying out Combat Operations", Military Review (January/February 2016): 23–29.

Zarudnitsky, Vladimir. In III Moscow Conference on International Security. Proceedings. Moscow: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 2014.


March 9 - The Incursion in Eastern Ukraine


Grant, Thomas D. "Annexation of Crimea." The American Journal of International Law. Vol. 109 (2015): 68–95.

Reisinger, Heidi, and Alexander Goltz. "Russia's Hybrid Warfare. Waging War below the Radar of Traditional Collective Defence." In NATO's Response to Hybrid Threats, eds. Guillaume Lasconjarias and Jeffrey A. Larsen, 113–136. Rome: NATO Defense College, 2015.

March 16 - No class!


March 23 - No class!


March 30 - No class! Public holiday!


Apr 6 - Natural Gas as an Instrument of Russia's Hybrid Warfare


Stegen, Karen Smith. "Deconstructing the 'energy weapon': Russia’s threat to Europe as case study." Energy Policy 39 (2011): 6505–13.

Gonchar, Mykhaylo, Andriy Chubyk and Oksana Ishchuk. Energy Component in New Generation Warfare: Case of Russia's Hybrid Aggression against Ukraine. Kyiv: Center for Global Studies Strategy XXI, 2015. Parts II, III and IV. 


Apr 6 - Information, Disinformation and Propaganda (presentation by Brian)


Pomerantsev, Peter, and Michael Weiss. The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money. New York, NY: Institute of Modern Russia, 2014. Ch. 1: 14–23.

Nimmo, Ben. "Anatomy of an Info-War: How Russia's Propaganda Machine Works, and How to Counter It."

Toler, Aric. "The Kremlin's Shifting, Self-Contradicting Narratives on MH-17." Bellingcat (Jan 2018).


Apr 13 - No class!


Apr 20 - No class!


Apr 27 - No class!


May 4 - Corruption of Political Elites in Europe (presentation by Barbora)


Polyakova, Alina. "Putinism and the European Far Right." Institute of Modern Russia, Jan 19, 2016.

Conley, Heather A. et al. The Kremlin Playbook. Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe. Washington, DC: CSIS, 2016, 1–25. 


May 4 - EU Sanctions against Russia


Jones, Erik, and Andrew Whitworth. "The Unintended Consequences of European Sanctions on Russia." Survival 56, no. 5 (2014): 21–30.

Hunter Christie, Edward. "The Design and Impact of Western Economic Sanctions against Russia." The RUSI Journal, Vol. 161, no. 3 (2016): 52–64.


May 11 - The U.S. Debate over Arming Ukraine


Mearsheimer, John. "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions that Provoked Putin." Foreign Affairs 93, no. 5 (Sep-Oct 2014): 77–89.

Brzezinski, Zbigniew. "Confronting Russian Chauvinism." The American Interest, June 27, 2014.

Daalder, Ivo, Michele Flournoy, John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Steven Pifer, James Stavridis, Strobe Talbott and Charles Wald. Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do. Washington, D.C.: Atlantic Council, 2015.



May 11 - The Baltics, NATO and the Narva Paradox (presentation by Sophia)


Shlapak, David A., and Michael W. Johnson. Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO's Eastern Flank. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2016.

Clark, Wesley, Jüri Luik, Egon Ramms and Richard Shirreff. Closing NATO's Baltic Gap Tallinn: International Centre for Defence and Security, 2016. Part I.



May 18 - The War between Russia and Ukraine as a Conflict of Values (presentation by Anna)


Kulyk, Volodymyr. "Ukrainian Nationalism Since the Outbreak of Euromaidan." Ab Imperio 3 (2014): 94–122.

Riabchuk, Mykola. "Catching-Up Revolution." Ukrajinský žurnál 10 (2014): 4–7.

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