European Institutions and Foreign Relations (DIP 600)
Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
420 Patterson Office Tower
Dr. Robert M. Farley
Office: Patterson 1177
Office Telephone: 859-257-4668
Dr. Karen Mingst
Office: POT 441
Office Hours: Tues 9-11am; Wed. 9-11
Office Telephone: 859-257-7043
The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation in the major debates on European foreign policy. The first third of the course concentrates on the institutions of European foreign affairs, including primarily the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The second third of the course examines several critical questions affecting Europe’s foreign policy, including Europe’s relations with Russia, the United States, and the Islamic world. The final third examines the particular foreign policy problems of several representative European countries.
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.
Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing the course,
Š Students will be able to discuss and evaluate contemporary European foreign policy issues.
Š Students will be able to trace how European states make foreign policy decision.
Š Students will display a familiarity with the major institutions of European governance.
Š Students will be able to differentiate and effectively argue for foreign policy positions.
Š Students will be able to give competent professional oral presentations.
Š Students will be able to write competently on foreign policy issues.
Students with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during scheduled office hours. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (2 Alumni Gym, 257-2754, email address email@example.com) for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.
You must inform me in writing if you know in advance that you will miss an exam due to an excused reason such as: illness, serious illness or death in your immediate family, a University-sanctioned field trip, or religious holiday. Excuses for missed exams will be granted as per University policy.
Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize, cheat, or falsify or misuse academic records. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses. The minimum penalty for a first offense is a zero on the assignment on which the offense occurred. If the offense is considered severe or the student has other academic offenses on their record, more serious penalties, up to suspension from the university may be imposed.
Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct. Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Complete information can be found at the following website: http://www.uky.edu/Ombud. A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty. It is important that you review this information as all ideas borrowed from others need to be properly credited.
Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work, whether it be a published article, chapter of a book, a paper from a friend or some file, or something similar to this. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his/her own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student, and the student alone. However, nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be a part of the public domain (Section 6.3.1).
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 an institutional or regional focus, while the other should concentrate on a particular nation-state (not necessarily a country studied in the course). 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.
A comprehensive final exam will be held on Friday, December 19 at 10:30am. The exam will be communicated and completed electronically; thus, there is no need for you to be in Lexington on that date. The exam will mimic in structure a minor field comprehensive exam.
Purchase of the following books is strongly recommended.
Seth Jones, The Rise of European Security Cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007
Andreas Staab, The European Union Explained. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013
David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman, NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014
Patrick J. Geary, The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002
Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence. London: Penguin, 2007.
The rest of the class readings are either available online or can be found in Patterson 469.
Week 1, September 2: Introduction
Week 2, September 9: History
Week 3, September 16: Institutions-NATO
Auerwald and Saideman, 1-84, 195-216
Week 4, September 23: Institutions-European Union (Prof. Mingst)roProf. Mingst)
Andreas Staab, The European Union Explained, Chapt 1-13; 16 ; outlook
Week 5, September 30 (Fall Conference): EU Foreign Policy Institutions ; and Other Institutions (OSCE) (Prof. Mingst)
Staab, Chapt 14, 15
Brosig, Malte, “EU Peacekeeping in Africa: From Functional Niches to interlocking Security,” International Peacekeeping 21 no. 1 (Feb. 2014) 74-9.
Casier, Tom, ,”European Neighbhood Policy: Living up to Regional Ambitions?” in Federiga Bindi and Irina Angelescu, eds. The Foreign Policy of the European Union. Assessing Europe’s Role in the World, 2nd ed. Pp. 99-117.
Emanuel Adler, “Seeds of Peaceful Change: The OSCE’s Security Community Building Model,” in Adler ed. Security Communities, 119-160. (available in computer room)
Week 6, October 7: The Eastern Question I
Week 7, October 14: The Eastern Question II
Week 8, October 21: The Military Question
Week 9, October 28: The Islamic Question
Ömer Taspina, The Old Turks' Revolt: When Radical Secularism Endangers Democracy. Foreign Affairs, November/December 2007
Stéphanie Giry, France and Its Muslims. Foreign Affairs, September/October 2006
Week 10, November 4: The Eurocrisis Challenge (Prof. Mingst)
Staab, Chapt 17
Week 11, November 11 (Negotiation Simulation): Europe and America
Auerwald and Saideman 85-114
Week 12, November 18: Italy
Week 13, November 25: Germany
Week 14, December 2: The Nordics
Week 15, December 9: Poland