Graduate Study - Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
3+2 International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 553 Euro-Atlantic Security Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 1 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Selma Delalić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Selma Delalić Selma Delalić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Students will be presented with the outcomes of the contemporary Euro-Atlantic security agenda, with an emphasis on the perceptions of modern security threats in the Eurasian geopolitical space, the analysis of European security architecture, the insight into the role of the transatlantic alliances in European security in the 21st century, the analysis of the EU\'s security and defense policy and its impact on European security with an emphasis on peace building in the Western Balkans. In addition, students will have an opportunity to learn about the role of the United States and Russia in contemporary European security, as well as Bosnian and Herzegovina’s foreign policy priorities in relations with NATO, the EU, and UN.

The objective of the course is to give students an insight into the basic factors and structures of Euro-Atlantic security based on the specific relations of transatlantic partners. Also, this subject will focus on different transatlantic and pan-European security organizations.

  1. 1. Security concepts
  2. 2. Contemporary security challenges and risks
  3. 3. Role and mission of NATO
  4. 4. Decision making process
  5. 5. Alliance strategic concepts
  6. 6. International peace support operations
  7. 7. Development of new capabilities
  8. 8. Integration processes (Enlargement / Open door policy)
  9. 9. Euro-Atlantic partnership
  10. 10. NATO-EU strategic partnership
  11. 11. Security cooperation
  12. 12. Impact of Brexit
  13. 13. NATO and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  14. 14. Security strategies and other organizations (UN, EU, OSCE)
  15. 15. Impact of national security strategies


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
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    Learning outcomes
    • After successful completion of the course students will be able to: Identify the basic geopolitical and economic factors of transatlantic security.
    • Identify and analyze the roles and functions of key transatlantic and pan-European security organizations critically
    • Adopt specific category apparatus in this field in English.
    • Obligatory literature:
    • - Thomas G. Mahnken, Joseph A. Maiolo (2008), Strategic Studies, Routledge, London and New York.
    • Recommended literature:
    • - NATO Handbook, NATO Brussels
    • - Strategic trends 2016 (2016), Center for Security Studies, Zurich.
    • - Security through partnership, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Brussels, 2005.
    • - The 2010 NATO strategic concept, NATO Press Release NAC-S, Brussels, 2010.
    • - The EU, Security and Transatlantic Relations – Brussels, Peter Lang, 2012.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0