Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 1: Fragmented Identities, Rising Powers and International Security Threats [Summer School]

This description applies to an earlier year. For links to my 2019 Summer School courses at Maastricht University, please have a look at this overview.

Description
The civil war in Syria, BREXIT and the unexpected election of Donald Trump as American president all underline the continued importance of national identity, power and security. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study how different ideas about these key concepts can affect geopolitical conflicts.

How stable and uncontested are the identities of nation-states such as Spain, Turkey and Ukraine? Why do we see conflicting perspectives on the power of China, Germany, India, Russia and the United States? And in which ways can the security threats to the world, its regions and particular countries be assessed? To answer these questions, you do two individual assignments in which you analyze a political speech and a think-tank report from a country of your choice. In the first group assignment, you try to measure the global power of one of the aforementioned countries. The second group assignment concerns the writing of scenarios about international security threats, based on the future identities and power relations of China, Germany, India, Russia and the United States. You present all your findings in class. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for your assignments.

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8 thoughts on “Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 1: Fragmented Identities, Rising Powers and International Security Threats [Summer School]

  • 2017 (March) at 19:52
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    What are the fees for the summer school?

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    • 2017 (March) at 21:38
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      Thanks for your question. A one-week course cost €600 this year.

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      • 2017 (June) at 03:24
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        Dear Dr. van Efferink

        Are there any seats left on the course?

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        • 2017 (June) at 11:31
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          Dear Talal,
          Thanks for your interest in this course. I am afraid the application process for the 2017 edition has already been closed. I do however also give guest lectures on location, such as this one at Cambridge University: http://www.cambridgepluralism.org/rethinking-the-relationship-between-economics-and-geopolitics.html Please let me know if this is an option for you, and if so, I will get into touch by e-mail.
          Kind regards,
          Leonhardt

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          • 2017 (June) at 04:32
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            Dear Leonhardt,

            Many thanks for your prompt response. I am interested in a course similar to the one you run at the Summer School. Would the guest lectures be as extensive as the course run at the summer school? Would you consider giving a similar course at Oxford, Cambridge or London?

            Maybe we could discuss this by email?

            I look forward to hearing from you

            Best Wishes

            Talal

          • 2017 (June) at 19:59
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            Dear Talal,
            I have given similar courses at other univerisities as well, so let’s discuss this further by e-mail as you suggest. I just sent you a message.
            Kind regards,
            Leonhardt

  • 2017 (May) at 09:41
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    Is the accommodation included in the 600€ costs of one-week course?

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    • 2017 (May) at 12:03
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      Dear Adriana,
      Thanks for your question. Accommodation is not included in the course fee. It is however affordable and can be booked here: http://www.maastrichthousing.nl/ Any further questions?
      Kind regards,
      Leonhardt

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