International Security
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvaheline julgeolek
Course title in English
International Security
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Catlyn Kirna (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
- The aim of the course is to give an overview of current and former problems in international security both at regional and global level.
Brief description of the course
- Inner- and interstate conflicts, terrorism, environmental problems - the topics are now more important than ever before. These factors, in addition to traditional security hazards, have become an essential part of any security analysis. These need to be taken under consideration when making any decision at the national level. There is an understanding that security is one part of a broader inclination to find individual and common interests to ensure social stability. Concentrated overviews of the topics will be given in lectures. The topics will be deepened by students’ independent work, which involves exploring literature, preparing for discussions in seminars, etc., including independent home assignments (i.e. essays). Students prepare for exam.
Independent work
- Analytical essay, test, participation in seminars
Learning outcomes in the course
- Knowledge of the main problems of international security; - Knowledge of the efforts of nation states and international organisations in dealing with security questions.
Assessment methods
- Graded examination.
Tiiu Pohl
Study literature
Ronnie D.Lipschutz (ed.). On Security (1998); Ch.1: R.D.Lipschutz. “On security”
S.Simon and J.Martini. “Terrorism: Denying Al Qaeda. Its Popular Support.” In: The Washington Quarterly. Vol.28, No.1 (Winter 2004/05), pp.131-145
A.K.Cronin. “Behind the Curve: Globalization and International Terrorism”. In: International Security. Vol. 27, No.3 (Winter 2002/03), pp. 30-58
Daniel Byman. “Constructing a Democratic Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities”. In: International Security. Vol. 28, No.1 (Summer 2003), pp.47-78
L.Hughes. The Four “R’s” of Energy Security” (2009)

S.Woehrel. “Russian Energy Policy Toward Neighboring Countries”. CRS Report for Congress (2010)
A.Bentanar. “Arab Democratic Uprisings: Domestic, Regional and Global Implications”. Berkeley Electronic Press, 2011
R.L.Armitage, al. “US Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan”. Council of Foreign Affairs. Independent Task Force Report No.65 (2010) +