European Security (DIP 600)

Spring 2008

Monday 4pm-6:30pm


Dr. Robert M. Farley

Office: Patterson 467

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1-3pm

Office Telephone: 859-257-4668




The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation in the major debates on national security policy.  The first third of the course concentrates on many of the classic works of national security, as well as commentaries on those works.  The second third of the course focuses on contemporary policy debates in the United States on grand strategy and national security.  The final third examines the policy process and focuses on specific national security problems facing the United States.


Student discussion will take up the bulk of class time.  I expect everyone to attend, have studied the readings, and have a familiarity with current events.  Any major reputable newspaper will suffice for the latter, although I prefer the New York Times.



Grading will be based on class participation (20%), two 7-9 page analytical papers (30% each), and one final examination (20%).


Each of the two 7-9 page analytical papers must be typed and double-spaced.  Please do not exceed the page limit.  Although specific topic is up to you, one paper should have a regional focus, while the other should concentrate on a particular nation-state.  The papers need not hold to any particular format (policy oriented memo, for example), but should be internally consistent in focus.  Additional research is welcome, and may be necessary for the adequate presentation of some topics.  The first paper is due on the week of your presentation (see below), and the second on the final day of the course. 


You will be required to make an oral presentation and defense of one memo during class.  You must indicate to me a preference for which week to present by the second week of the course, such that I can stagger presentations. The presentation should last about fifteen minutes, and will be followed by a fifteen minute question and answer period.  The presentation will make up 50% of your participation grade, or 10% of the total grade.


The papers will be evaluated on both content and presentation.  Information must be accurate, arguments must be well thought out, and style must be compelling. 


Class Materials

Purchase of the following books is strongly recommended.


Desmond Dinan, Ever Closer Union. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2005.


Seth Jones, The Rise of European Security Cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007


Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence. London: Penguin, 2007.


David Dunn, Poland - a New Power in Transatlantic Security. New York: Routledge, 2003.

The rest of the class readings are either available online or can be found in Patterson 469.


Week 1 (1/14): Introduction


Week 2 (1/28): History

Dinan, 9-102


Jones, 1-56


Week 3 (2/4): Institutions-NATO

Dinan 103-158


Ryan C. Hendrickson, “The Miscalculation of NATO’s Death,” Parameters: Spring 2007.


Steven E. Meyer,  "Carcass of Dead Policies: The Irrelevance of NATO," Parameters:  Winter 2003-4.


Robert Wilkie, "Fortress Europa: European Defense and the Future of the North Atlantic Alliance," Parameters: Winter 2002-3.


Week 4 (2/11): Institutions-European Union

Dinan 159-204, 483-530


Brenner M., “The CFSP Factor,” Cooperation and Conflict, vol 38, 3 (Sep 2003), pp. 187-210.


Crowe B., “A Common European Foreign Policy?” International Affairs 79, 3 (2003), pp.533-546.


Winn N., “CFSP, ESDP, and the Future of European Security: Whither NATO?” Brown Journal of World

Affairs, vol. 9, 3 (Winter/Spring 2003), pp. 149-161.


Week 5 (2/18): More on Institutions


Jones 57-135


Emanuel Adler, “Seeds of Peaceful Change: The OSCE’s Security Community Building Model,” in Adler ed. Security Communities, 119-160. (available in computer room)


Hanna Ojanen, The EU and NATO: Two Competing models for a Common Defense Policy. JCMS: 2006, 44-1 (57-76). (available in the computer room)


Emil J. Kirchner, The Challenge of European Security Governance. JCMS: 2006, 44-5 (947-968). (available in the computer room)

Fiona Hill and Omer Taspinar, Turkey and Russia: Axis of the excluded? Survival: Spring 2006.

Week 6 (2/25): The Military Question


Jones 136-219


Mary Kaldor and Andrew Salmon, Military Force and European Strategy. Survival: Spring 2006.


Stephen J. Coonen , “The Widening Military Capabilities Gap between the United States and Europe: Does it Matter?”  Parameters: Autumn 2006.


Week 7 (3/3): The Islamic Question


Buruma, 1-262


P. H. Liotta and Taylor Owen , “Sense and Symbolism: Europe Takes On Human Security,”  Parameters: Autumn 2006.


Fidel Sendagorta, Jihad in Europe: The Wider Context. Survival: Autumn 2005.

Ömer Taspina, The Old Turks' Revolt: When Radical Secularism Endangers Democracy. Foreign Affairs, November/December 2007


Week 8 (3/17): The Eastern Question

F. Stephen Larrabee, Danger and Opportunity in Eastern Europe. Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006


Ronald D. Asmus,  Europe's Eastern Promise: Rethinking NATO and EU Enlargement  Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008


F. Stephen Larrabee, Ukraine and the West. Survival: Spring 2006.


Oksana Antonenko, Russia and the Deadlock over Kosovo. Survival, Autumn 2007.


Week 9 (3/24): Germany

Peter Rudolf. The Myth of the ‘German Way’: German Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations. Survival: Spring 2005.

Franz-Josef Meiers, Germany’s Defence Choices. Survival: Spring 2005.

Franz-Josef Meiers, The German Predicament: The Red Lines of the Security and Defence Policy of the Berlin Republic. International Politics: 2007, 44. (available in the Computer Room).


Week 10 (3/31): Poland

Dunn, 1-150


Week 11 (4/7): Spain


Paddy Woodworth, The Spanish-Basque Peace Process: How to Get Things Wrong. World Policy Journal: Spring 2007.


British Broadcasting Company, Madrid Train Attacks Coverage


Ahmed Rashid, Spain and Afghanistan, RIE 5/2006.


Renwick McLean, Catalonia’s Go-it-Alone Posture Rattles Spain. IHT 1/19/06


Week 12 (4/14): France


Stéphanie Giry, France and Its Muslims. Foreign Affairs, September/October 2006


David S. Yost, France’s Evolving Nuclear Strategy. Survival: Autumn 2005.

Simon Serfaty, Terms of Estrangement: French–American Relations in Perspective. Survival: Autumn 2005.

Frédéric Bozo and Guillaume Parmentier, France and the United States: Waiting for Regime Change. Survival: Spring 2007.


Reform of French National Defense, Embassy of France.


Week 13 (4/21): Europe and America


Jones 220-243


Dinan 531-553


Gary L. Guertner ,“European Views of Preemption in US National Security Strategy,” Parameters:  Summer 2007.


Alan W. Dowd,"A Different Course? America and Europe in the 21st Century," Parameters:  Autumn 2004.


James Dobbins, New Directions for Transatlantic Security Cooperation, Survival, Winter 2005-6.



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