TAS211 Transatlantic Security

Teacher responsible:

Dr. Wojciech Michnik

Brief course description:

The course introduces students to the study of contemporary security environment focusing on the strategic relations between United States and European  countries associated in European Union or North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It seeks to provide students with basic tools of analyzing and understanding current strategic threats and challenges that Euro-Atlantic partners face.


The course will conclude with project that devises three different strategies for NATO's future.


1. Introduction.
2.What is international security.
3. United States and Europe.
4. Transatlantic security after 9/11.
5. Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Transatlantic Security.
6. International Terrorism.
7. Transatlantic Security and Rival Superpowers.
8. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
9. Poland and its role in Transatlantic Security.
10. NATO's history overview: from Cold War to Kosovo.
11. NATO after September 11.
12. NATO's future I.
13. NATO's future II.
14. NATO's future III.
15. Transatlantic Security-challenges ahead.

Reading list:

Monica Gariup, European Security Culture. Language, Theory, Policy, Ashgate,Burlingtion 2009.
Lawrence Freedman, Internation Security: Changing Targets, "Foreign Policy", Spring 1998.
Michael Mandelbaum, The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World's Government in the Twenty-First Century, Public Affairs, New York 2005.
Patrick Morgan, "Security in International Politics: Traditional Approaches",[in"] Alan Collins ed., Contemporary Security Studies, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2007.
Felix Sebastian Berenskoetter, Mapping the Mind Cap: A Comparison of US and European Security Strategies, "Security Dialogue", Vol. 36, No.1, March 2005.
Ronald Asmus, "The European Security Strategy, An American View", [in:] Ronald Dannreuther, John Peterson eds., Security Strategy and Transatlantic Relations, Routledge, New York 2006.
Susan E. Penksa, "Defining the Enemy: EU and US Threat Perceptions After 9/11", [in:] Heinz Gartner and Ian Cuthbertson eds., European Security and Transatlantic Relations after 9/11, Palgrave MacMillan, New York 2005.
Michael Krepon, The Mushroom Cloud That Wasn't, "Foreign Affairs", May/Jun2009, Vol.88, No.3 (electronic edition).
Wyn Rees, Transatlantic Relations and the War on Terror, "Journal of Transataltnic Studies", Vol.1, 2003.
Jeffrey Mankoff, Russia and the West: Taking the Longer View, "Washington Quarterly", Spring 2007, Vol. 30, No.2.
Zbigniew Brzeziński, The Choice, Basic Books, 2005, New York.
Richard de Villafranca, Reconsidering Afghanistan:Time for an "Azimuth Check", "Parameters", Winter 2008-2009.
Richard Rupp, NATO 1949 and NATO 2000: From collective defence toward collective security, "Journal of Strategic Studies", Vol. 23, Issue 3, 2000.
Rebecca R. Moore, NATO's New Mission, Preager, Westport 2007.