European Institutions and Foreign Relations (DIP 600)

Fall 2014

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Tuesday 4pm-6:30pm

420 Patterson Office Tower



Dr. Robert M. Farley

Office: Patterson 1177

Office Hours: Monday 1:30-3:30pm

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 for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.


Absence Policy

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.


Academic Integrity


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:  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.


Class Materials


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


Geary (entire)


Week 3, September 16: Institutions-NATO


Auerwald and Saideman, 1-84, 195-216


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


Week 4, September 23: Institutions-European Union (Prof. Mingst)roProf. Mingst)

Andreas Staab, The European Union Explained,  Chapt 1-13; 16 ; outlook


Jones, 1-56


Week 5, September 30 (Fall Conference):  EU Foreign Policy Institutions ; and Other Institutions (OSCE)   (Prof. Mingst)


Staab, Chapt  14, 15

Lehne, Stefan, Time to Reset the European Neighborhood Policy - Carnegie Europe

Feb. 4, 2014.

Brosig, Malte, “EU Peacekeeping in Africa: From Functional Niches to interlocking Security,”  International Peacekeeping  21 no. 1 (Feb. 2014) 74-9.


Jones 57-135


US Institute of Peace,  U.S. OnLine Training for OSCE  U.S Online Training on OSCE - United States Institute of Peace


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


Mearsheimer, John J., “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault. The Liberal Delusions That provoked Putin,” Foreign Affairs (Sept./ Oct. 2014), 77-89.


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


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


Week 7, October 14: The Eastern Question II


Lukin, Alexander, “What the Kremlin Is Thinking: Putin’s Vision for Eurasia,” Foregin Affairs (July/ Aug. 2014),  85-83.  


Berenice Baker, France’s Mistral Sale to Russia: A Deal with the Devil? Naval Technology, August 2014


Henrik Larsen, Great Power Politics and the Ukrainian Crisis:
NATO, EU and Russia after 2014

Pauli Järvenpää, Zapad-2013: A View From Helsinki


Week 8, October 21: 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.


Brooke A Smith-Windsor, NATO’s Maritime Strategy and Libya’s Crisis as Seen from the Sea, NATO Research Paper


David A. Bell, Double Entendre.  Foreign Affairs, January 2014



Week 9, October 28:  The Islamic Question


Buruma, 1-262


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


Francois Heisbourg, A Surprising Little War: First Lessons of Mali. Survival, April 2013.


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


Week 10, November 4:   The Eurocrisis Challenge  (Prof. Mingst)   

Staab, Chapt 17

Mockli, Daniel “The Strategic Weakening of Debt-Ridden Europe,” in Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, Strategic Trends 2012.


Youngs, Richard, ”The EU Beyond the Crisis: The Unavoidable Challenge of Legitimacy,”      Oct. 8, 2013


Week 11, November 11 (Negotiation Simulation): Europe and America

Jones 220-243


Auerwald and Saideman 85-114


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.



Week 12, November 18: Italy


Hans-Jurgen Schlamp, “No End in Sight to Italy’s Economic Decline,” Der Spiegel, July 24, 2013 


Operation Active Endeavour


Erik Jones, Italy’s Sovereign Debt Crisis, Survival 54:1, 2012.



 Week 13, November 25: Germany


Spiegel staff, Inside Snowden’s German File, Der Spiegel, June 18, 2014


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.


Week 14, December 2: The Nordics

Alyson J. K. Bailes, Gunilla Herolf and Bengt Sundelius, The Nordic Countries and the European Security and Defence Policy, chapters 2, 5, 7, 17

Week 15, December 9: Poland


Polish Foreign Policy Priorities 2012-2016


Laura Chappell, Poland in Transition: Implications for a European Security and Defense Policy, Contemporary Security Policy (August 2010).


Andrew Michta, “In the Middle or On the Periphery: Central Europe after NATO Enlargement,” NATO Enlargement and Peacekeeping, Washington, DC., East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, 2001.