The module will analyse security threats in Post-Soviet Eurasia theoretically as well as engage in extensive empirical analysis of these threats, critically assessing their implication for regional and international politics and security. The module will cover three Caucasian (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan), five Central Asian (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkemnistan), three ‘new Eastern European’ (Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus) and three Baltic (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) states in order to reach a better understanding of the commonalities and differences across the post-Soviet space.
The module will also introduce the students to current debates on the definition of security, competing theoretical perspectives in the security literature and the related concepts (securitisation, risk society, etc). After an introduction to key theoretical paradigms, the module will examine specific threats and risks. Apart from the empirical and region-specific discussion, the students will also learn about cutting-edge research in the studies of terrorism, corruption, organised crime, insurgency and other threats.
*Please note that module content is indicative and is subject to change year to year.
Dr Alexander Kupatadze
One hour lecture, one hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
2,000-word essay (50%), 1.5h exam (50%)