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Conflicts and crises in Eastern Europe

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Kod przedmiotu: 2200-9HA-15 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.6 / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Conflicts and crises in Eastern Europe
Jednostka: Wydział Prawa i Administracji
Grupy: Humanitarian Action
Punkty ECTS i inne: 3.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Założenia (opisowo):

(tylko po angielsku) The main objective of the module is to present the complexity of the main challenges to the regional security of Eastern Europe. The region’s contemporary dynamics are analysed from the historic, socio-political, cultural and geopolitical perspectives. Recently solved (e.g. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo) as well as still frozen conflicts (e.g. Transnistria, Gorny Karabakh) are in focus of the module. The prospects for regional stability are evaluated with account of the existing tinderboxes (e.g). The aim of the module is to acquire knowledge and improve skills for regional expertise – crucial for organising humanitarian action in Eastern Europe.

Tryb prowadzenia:

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Skrócony opis:

The programme of the module is divided into four stages. Stage I consists of weeks 1-3 which are introductory lectures on the historical dynamics of the region.

Stage II (weeks 4-8) includes the analysis of conflicts which have taken place since the end of the cold war. Student task: in this stage each student chooses one conflict and prepares a presentation.

Stage III (weeks 9-11) combines theory with practices. Weeks 9-11 are dedicated to introductory lectures on basics of international negotiations. During Week 12 students put their knowledge into practice and conduct simulations (under the coordinator’s supervision) of negotiations of one of the previously analysed conflicts (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Stage IV (week 13): Students take an exam which will have a form of negotiations.

Pełny opis:

The list of topics.

1. Eastern, Central or Central-Eastern Europe: attempts to define the region

2. The legacy of the past in Central Europe: geopolitical dynamics of the region in the historic perspective

- Conflicts, changes of borders and mass migration

- “Pulsating” sovereign states and nation-building processes

- The factor of external powers: Russia, Habsburg Empire, Prussia, Ottoman Empire, France

- The complex of the West, the fear of the East

3. Central Europe in the post-Yalta global order

- The Autumn of the Nations

- Regional integration processes

- Heading for the EU and the NATO

4. The fall of Yugoslavia: from the independence of Slovenia to the secession of Kosovo

- The internal and external factors of the fall of the Yugoslavia

- The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995)

- Assessing the Dayton Accord

- The secession of Montenegro

- Oktobarska revolution in Serbia (2000)

- The Kosovo crisis (1999) and its implications for the regional security

5. The sources of instability in the peripheries: the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Albania

- The crisis in Macedonia (2001) and international reaction

- Albania in 1997: a case of a failed state?

- The Albanian factor in the Western Balkans

- Balkan Muslims and the impact of the global Jihad

6. The crumbs of a fallen empire: Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, the Russo-Georgian war (2008)

- The Soviet legacy in the conflicts

- The phenomenon of quasi-states

- The major power rivalry: Russia, US, EU

- Was the Russo-Georgian conflict a proxy conflict with the West?

7. The harbinger of the new global order? The conflict in Ukraine

- Ukraine: destined to stay an object of a power game?

- The annexation of Crimea

- Hybrid war: a new phenomenon?

- Established powers, rising powers and declining powers’ interests and actions in the Ukraine

- Visible features of the emerging new world order

8. Looking for tinderboxes: the main challenges to the regional stability

- Ethnic minorities and secessionism

- Unsettled situation of the Roma

- Political populism

- Region’s entanglement in the rivalry of the major powers

9. Negotiations: the core concepts

10. Determinants of negotiations: psychology, ideology, culture (styles of negotiations)

11. Strategies, tactics, techniques of negotiations.


For the diversity of the discussed problems there is no single textbook. Below the main monographs:

- Joseph Rothschild, Nancy M. Wingfield, Return to Diversity. A Political History of East Central Europe Since WWII, Oxford University Press 2000.

- Lonnie R. Johnson, Central Europe. Enemies, Neighbours, Friends, Oxford University Press 1996,

- Attila Agh, The Politics of Central Europe, SAGE 1998, pp. 1-83.

- Stanislav Kirchbaum [ed.], Central European History and the EU, Palgrave Macmillan 2007, pp. 32-60.

- The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe, III edition, 2013.

- Jeffrey S. Morton et al, Reflections on the Balkan Wars: Ten years after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Palgrave Macmillan 2004, pp. 3-21, 93-118.

- Richard Ullman [ed.], The World and Yugoslavia Wars, 1996, pp. 9-41.

- Robert Bideleux, Ian Jeffries, The Balkans. A post-Communist History, Routledge 2007

- Matthew Sussex [ed.], Conflict in the former USSR, Cambridge University Press 2012, pp. 64-118.

- Nicu Popescu, EU Foreign Policy and Post Soviet Conflicts, Routledge 2011, pp. 38-115.

- Christopher W. Moore, Peter J. Woodrow, Handbook of Global and Multicultural Negotiations, 2010

- Raymond Cohen, Negotiations Across Cultures. International Communication in an Interdependent World, Washington, D.C. 1997, pp. 9 – 43

- Catherine Lee, The New Rules of International Negotiations, 2007.

- Richard Gesteland, Cross-Cultural Business Behavior. A Guide for Global Management, Copenhagen 2012.

I. William Zartman, Maureen R. Berman, The Practical Negotiator, Yale University Press 1982.

- Victor A. Kremenyuk (ed.), International Negotiation. Analysis, Approaches, Issues, Oxford 1991

Efekty uczenia się:

In conformity with the learning outcomes set out by the NOHA network, students should achieve the following learning outcomes by the end of this module:

• specialised knowledge about genesis, dynamics and resolutions of conflicts in the region of Eastern Europe

• a critical understanding of incentives for tensions as well as cooperation in Eastern Europe. Has innovative expertise on current problems and challenges to the security in the region

• a thorough knowledge of historical, political, cultural and economical background of the processes in Eastern Europe

• ability to interpret and critically analyse data, information and experience concerning Eastern Europe. Shows high skills to contextualize the obtained data. Has demonstrated a range of coaching and management skills to carefully assess the relevant factors for crisis and conflicts

• ability to formulate independent views in regard to Eastern Europe, support them with elaborate arguments, using a broad range of approaches and theoretical perspectives, formulate coherent conclusions and make a synthetic summary of these conclusions

• specialised problem-solving skills combining interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the situation of crisis-affected people in Eastern Europe

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

While assessing the overall performance of a student, the coordinator takes into account the number of absences, activity during classes (preparing compulsory readings) and the performance in tasks. Since the exam has a specific form of staged negotiations, it is strongly recommended to collect as much as possible points during the semester. However, the points collected during the course will not be taken into account, should the student not take part in the exam.

The fundamental condition of receiving a graded pass is the presence during classes. Student has a right to be absent twice and only during these weeks when she/he does not perform a presentation (!).

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2020/21" (zakończony)

Okres: 2021-02-22 - 2021-06-13
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Typ zajęć: Seminarium, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: (brak danych)
Prowadzący grup: Patrycja Grzebyk, Marek Madej, Kamila Pronińska, Andrzej Szeptycki, Piotr Śledź
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Zaliczenie: Zaliczenie na ocenę
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