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.