This course aims to offer a fresh approach to the major forces instrumental in the shaping of the contemporary security dynamics in post-Soviet Central Asia. Equal attention will be devoted here to the study and discussion of traditional and non-traditional threats to the security of both regimes and population in Central Asia. To this end, the course`s structure is organised around two main clusters of topics.
The course`s first segment (weeks 2-6) looks at the dynamics of traditional security, by focussing its attention on:
1) military issues (the region`s experience with civil war and asymmetrical warfare; de-nuclearisation)
2) energy issues, with particular reference to hydrocarbon products.
The course`s second segment (weeks 7-10), in turn, shifts its attention on the security of the wider Central Asian populations, by focussing on the rise of non-traditional threats in the region (environmental issues, climate change, hydropolitics, and drug trafficking).
Students will be given the opportunity to examine and discuss the evolution of the principal constituents of Central Asian security since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the achievement of independence.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. apply theoretical approaches to the study of security dynamics in post-Soviet Central Asia;
2. assess the impact that traditional security threats had on state stability in Central Asia;
3. assess the impact the non-traditional security threats on state stability and population`s welfare in Central Asia;
4. evaluate the influence exerted by foreign actors (primarily, yet not exclusively, states) upon the evolution of security dynamics in Central Asia;
5. establish clear linkages between the traditional and non-traditional facets of regional security;
6. acquire a sophisticated and multi-layered understanding of the principal constituents of the region`s security balance.