SoSe 13: EU and United States Foreign and Security Policy in Comparative Perspective: Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation
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Die erste Sitzung am 8. April muss leider entfallen. Ein Ersatztermin wird mit dem Kurs koordiniert werden.
The end of the East-West conflict ("11/9") and the terrorist attacks of September 2001 ("9/11") significantly altered or accentuated the security agenda of "the West" (and beyond), i. e. of EU-Europe ... read more
The end of the East-West conflict ("11/9") and the terrorist attacks of September 2001 ("9/11") significantly altered or accentuated the security agenda of "the West" (and beyond), i. e. of EU-Europe and the United States of America (as well as Canada). Instead of traditional military threats transatlantic partners, governments and societies (as well as other part of the world) encounter sources of insecurity, which are new or at least have gained new relevance: international/transnational terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional conflicts failing states, transnational migration or organized crime. Hence, instead of 'threats' security 'risks' have emerged, associated with state and non-state actors, whose intentions and capabilities are not always obvious. Many analysts as well as politician address these challenges from a premise of transatlantic policy interdependence, often corresponding to a plea and hope for policy coordination and cooperation across the Atlantic when it comes to tackle these challenges. After the often dramatic crisis in transatlantic relations during the Bush years, we might expect some constructive changes with the upcoming Obama administration. After the political crisis of transatlantic cooperation in the wake of the Iraq war (2003), the transatlantic relationship seems to be back to 'normal'. However, cooperation in some areas is as much part of this relationship as political conflicts are in other areas. Which conditions are still prone for generating transatlantic cooperation, and which conditions are more often resulting in transatlantic conflicts?
The focus of this seminar is directed toward three interrelated aspects of the new security agenda and the transatlantic partners' attempts to cope with these challenges: 1) How do political actors on both sides define the problems, the adequate strategies and instruments for addressing these security risks?
2) How is this agenda institutionalized and which forms of governance are enfolding? 3) What kind of implications do the answers to the previous question have for a) the practice and prospects of transatlantic cooperation and b) for problem solving, i. e. for the effectiveness or success of transatlantic risk management policies?
The seminar reader with the basic texts for this seminar will be available at the coy shop ("Kopierladen") at Brümmerstr. 40/ Ecke Thielallee at least a week before the start of semester.