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KINT 4995 - Crisis Management and Collective Defence in an international context

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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A keen interest in foreign policy.

Course Description

The course's main purpose is to review why and how Western powers and organizations, mainly the European Union and NATO, have been involved in managing international crises over the past 20 years, since 1995 (Bosnia, Kosovo, the Middle East, fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia, Libya). The course will also examine the uneasy relations between NATO and the EU, the reasons why the EU has not implemented a full-fledged defence policy and NATO's role in collective defence. In addition, NATO and the EU's relationship with the UN will be addressed during the course, as well as Russia's outlook on international crisis management.


BERTIN, Thomas G. (Diplomate)

Pedagogical format

- Sessions 2 to 11 (ie 10 sessions out of 12) will be organized the following way : (i) oral presentation by the students, followed by comments by the teacher (ca 45 minutes total); (ii) presentation by the teacher of the session subject (with the likely support of a powerpoint presentation) for 1 hour+ ; - Sessions 1 and 12: teacher's presentation, possibly with the support of a guest speaker in session 12.

Course validation

Two types of assessment : (i) oral presentations (2 to 3 students addressing a common subject; 15 minutes) at the beginning of each session, except for the first and the last session; (ii) a 3-page essay to be drafted at home, after the 11th session. In addition, extra points can be collected thanks to an active participation during the course.


I have included only « required readings », no « recommended readings », which means I will expect the documents listed under « required readings » to have been read before each session. Most documents are short. I will point out the few long documents. - For those preparing an oral presentation, I may suggest a few additional readings, on a case by case basis; - For the « required readings », less than 3 hours; - For those preparing an oral presentation, approximately 3 to 6 hours total (readings + time spent to prepare the presentation).

Required reading

  • International press on foreign Policy, for instance The International New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Le Monde
  • Surfing on the following websites: UN, EU, NATO, US State Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, French and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs
  • Required readings indicated for sessions 2 to 11 (see below), starting with a rather lengthy document (for session 2): The Obama Doctrine, The Atlantic, April 2016, by Jeffrey Goldberg

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