2018 Courses / Cycles

OSA sug 2018

CYCLE A: Conflict & Political Violence

July 8-18, 2018

Course Description

The goal of this course is to review the most recent developments in the field of conflict and political violence. In exploring the intersection of large-scale collective action and political violence, we will draw from several fields of research and methodological approaches and we will examine a broad cross-section of topics, including the causes and dynamics of civil war, ethnic conflict, mass violence, genocide, riots, and terrorism; the logic of rebel group formation, cohesion, and performance, and the dynamics of post-conflict violence, peacekeeping, and peace-building. Our geographic focus will be broad, reflective of the faculty’s diverse expertise. An integral part of the course is a workshop where students can present their ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty and peers.

The faculty includes:

  • Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Professor of Politics and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
  • Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and fellow of All Souls College.
  • Benjamin Lessing, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago; Co-Director of the Program on Political Violence, part of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST).

  • Anastasia Shesterinina, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International Politics, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.

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CYCLE B: Terrorism and European Security

July 8-18, 2018

Course Description

Terrorism, and our response to it, is among the most compelling of global political issues: it dominates news headlines, public anxiety, and political strategies alike. Yet few attempt to analyze systematically this pressing phenomenon. Surely, no amount of analytical precision will rid us of the existence of terrorism, but if we want to respond effectively to the policy challenge that it poses we need first to respond effectively to its analytical challenge. To this end, the course offers concentrated, in-depth exposure to the evolution and major characteristics of modern terrorism, its actors, strategies and modus operandi, as well as an understanding of the challenges this phenomenon presents to decision-makers and security establishments. Topics that will be covered include: the place of terrorism within the broader context of political violence; the causes of terrorism; the strategic (in)effectiveness of terrorism; the conditions under which terrorist organizations come to an end; the rise of ISIS; the place of terrorism in the changing European security landscape; and the art counter-terrorism. An integral part of the course is a workshop where students can present their ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty and peers. The course will be a unique platform to engage in challenging debates and to consolidate a global research network in the fast-growing field of Terrorism Studies.

The faculty includes:

  • Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Professor of Politics and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
  • Andreas Gofas, Associate Professor of International Relations, Panteion University of Athens.
  • Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and fellow of All Souls College.
  • Christian Kaunert, Professor of Policing and Security, University of South Wales
  • Kieran McConaghy, Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews.
  • Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; Director of the Institute of International Relations, Athens, Greece.

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CYCLE C: Democratic vs Authoritarian Capitalism

July 8-13, 2018

Course Description

The relationship between capitalism and political regime types stands at the center of this course, which examines the origins, evolution, and governance of diverse democratic and authoritarian models of economic development.  Taught by an interdisciplinary team of researchers who examine historical and contemporary cases of democratic and authoritarian capitalism, the course addresses themes such as state capacity; market-making and political development; varieties of capitalism; international competition and integration; historical legacies; culture; political and economic transitions; inequality; and populism.  These themes have become all the more timely with populist surges in the United States and Europe and with the rise of China and regimes that use novel mixes of democratic and authoritarian economic governance. Students will receive feedback on ongoing research and learn in a dynamic classroom devoted to examining conventional wisdoms and new perspectives on democratic and authoritarian models of capitalism.

The faculty includes:

  • Orfeo Fioretos, Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia; 2017-18 Fulbright Research Fellow, Kings College, London.
  • Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; Director of the Institute of International Relations, Athens, Greece.
  • Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.
  • Petros Sekeris, Associate Professor of Economics, Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France.

  • Plamen Tonchev, Managing Director, Plamengo Ltd; Head of Asia Unit, Institute for International Economic Relations, Athens, Greece.

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CYCLE D: The Making and Unmaking of the post-Ottoman Order

July 8-13, 2018

Course Description

2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War I. The War destroyed the Ottoman Empire and gave rise to a new regional order in Southeastern Europe and much of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In recent decades, the former Ottoman world has become one of the most talked-about slices of political geography on the globe. The Yugoslav wars of succession in the 1990s, multiple civil conflicts across the MENA, as well as the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” have led many to ask: Is the post Ottoman order unraveling? The cycle aims to study the making, unmaking and future remaking of the region once ruled by the Ottomans. The cycle will discuss how global forces such as colonial legacies, nationalism, development, modernization, religious extremism, economic globalization and great-power rivalries have shaped and continue to affect the politics of the region.

The faculty includes:

  • Yael Berda, Assistant Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Gerard Weinstock Visiting Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University (winter session 2018).
  • Kristin Fabbe, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.
  • Dimitris Keridis, Professor of International Relations, Panteion University.
  • Paschalis Kitromilides, Professor of Political Science, University of Athens.

  • Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; Director of the Institute of International Relations, Athens, Greece.

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CYCLE E: Forced displacement in theory and in practice

July 13-18, 2018

Course Description

With one person displaced every 3 seconds, there are more displaced people in the world today (circa 65 million) than during WWII. Still, with armed conflicts becoming more protracted and environmental pressures mounting, the number of refugees is bound to increase. Despite the magnitude and the importance of this phenomenon, general perceptions and policy responses are often incorrect or inadequate. In the past ten years national governments and international organisations have implemented a wide range of new policies, laws or emergency practices, largely aimed at containing population movements, but have often failed to achieve their declared aims and led to long-term repercussions. Meanwhile, humanitarian and development agencies have sought innovative responses to address the scale and duration of displacement, but are still struggling to obtain the needed impact. While recent wars in the Middle East and Northern Africa pushed a dramatic wave of asylum seekers and migrants toward Europe in 2015-2016, 84% of the displaced remain in low to middle-income countries and 8 out of 10 refugees are living in neighbouring countries. With more than 40% of refugees displaced for more than 10 years and 20% for more than 30, supporting alternative livelihoods and ensuring access to services and legal protection has never been so compelling.

This course provides a primer on forced displacement. A multi-disciplinary team of instructors will discuss this complex phenomenon from the perspective of academic research, policy, and humanitarian response, both on the global scale and in smaller, more specific contexts. Students will develop a general understanding of the relevant legal framework, the causes and consequences of displacement (including political implications for Europe, liberal democracy, and international law), the design and impact of policies, the challenges of implementing humanitarian responses, and the daily lives of displaced people in camps, during their flight and in resettlement.

The faculty includes:

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CYCLE F: Political Risk Analysis

July 13-18, 2018

Course Description

In recent times, financial investors and multinational corporations have become more aware of the need to “go beyond economics” and integrate political factors into their decision-making process. From rising populism in developed economies to increased political instability in emerging markets and geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, politics lie behind the most important global market-shaping events. The objective of the course is to explore ways in which political risk can be analyzed and managed in a range of environments. The course is structured to provide participants with a good theoretical understanding of the concept, but also with analytical tools to identify, trace and measure political trends that can affect business and investment interests. We will examine political risk in both emerging markets and developed economies and cover specific sources of risk such as political upheaval, expropriation, or protectionism. The course will rely heavily on case studies ranging from transnational to local examples. Simulations covering current political events will also be used in order to encourage a hands-on approach by participants and help them design strategies to manage and mitigate political risk.

The faculty includes:

  • Antonio Barroso, Managing Director (Europe) and Deputy Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.
  • Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.

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