MA courses

  Course Name Lecturer
1. U.S. Foreign and Security Policy Gábor Csizmazia
2. American Political System Dr. Tamás Magyarics
3. Strategic Partners of the United States I. Klementina Kozma
4. Globalization and its effects Réka Zsuzsanna Máthé
5. Implementing US foreign policy through public diplomacy Réka Zsuzsanna Máthé
6. Geo-economics Dr. László Örlős
7. Contemporary Perspectives on U.S.-Russia Relations and their Impact on Central Europe Edward J. Salazar
8. Contemporary Challenges of Globalization Edward J. Salazar

 

U.S. Foreign and Security Policy

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the main characteristics of the United States’ foreign and security policy. The course builds on the theoretical basis of U.S. foreign policy, discussing the roles of the respective actors in policy-making as well as the main general U.S. strategies in this area.

Subsequently, students will overview recent and contemporary foreign and security policy issues after the Cold War ranging from Transatlantic relations (with a special emphasis on East-Central Europe), crisis management in the Balkans, U.S: involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, nuclear weapons and missile defence. The course is concluded with a seminar where students discuss a relevant topic of their choice (excluding the issues already reviewed in detail throughout the course).

Main topics and case studies of the course are:

  • Theoretical basics I.: actors of the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process: the President, the NSC, the State Department, the Pentagon and Congress.
  • Theoretical basics II.: American foreign policy traditions and grand strategies.
  • Case study: The U.S. in Europe after the Cold War: the Euro-Atlantic integration of East-Central Europe and the Balkans War.
  • Case study: Afghanistan 2001-2016
  • Case study: Intervention in Iraq (2003) and its effects on transatlantic relations
  • Case study: Nuclear weapons and strategy
  • Case study: Current major foreign policy issues
  • Seminar (interactive discussion)

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American Political System

The aim of the course is to overview the political system in the United States of America. After examining the most important theoretical bases (i.e. the role of government, the relationship between freedom, order and equality, and the theoretical and institutional models of democratic government), the course reviews the American political system, touching upon the following topics: the Constitution of the United States; the concept and working of federalism.

The course examines the American system of checks and balances, reviewing the following actors: Congress, the President; the Courts; and bureaucracy. Subsequently, the course overviews the role of public opinion and elections, as well as the mass media in politics, and the position of American political parties and lobby.

Finally, the course examines civil and human rights, especially in relation to the respective amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Main topics of the course are:

  • Theoretical basics: purpose of government, the relationship between freedom, order and equality, thoretical and institutional models of democratic government.
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • Federalism.
  • Checks and Balances I.: the Congress.
  • Checks and Balances II.: the Executive.
  • Checks and Balances III.: the Courts.
  • Buerocracy and political decision-making
  • Public Opinion and Voting: Presidential and Congressional Elections in America.
  • The Role of Media in Politics
  • Political Parties in America
  • Lobby and Interest Groups
  • Civil and Human Rights (Bill of Rights and amendments to the Constitution)

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Strategic Partners of the United States I.

The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive view on the evolution and maintenance of strategic relations of the United States from a global perspective. During the course will arise description both theoretical and practical approaches. It brings a brief review of the main episodes as the United States became global power from the beginning till nowadays, then we will analyze its impact on the international field. The course will focus on those competences which give global power for the US as well. The Strategic Partners of the Unites States I. will focus on the main strategic partners in the North Atlantic region.

 The main topic of the course:

  1. The US as a global power, historical review
  2. Europe after the II.WW., European defense initiatives
  3. US power projection capabilities
  4. Presentation of the strategic documents
  5. Canada as US Ally
  6. The partnership between the US and the United Kingdom
  7. US and Baltic States
  8. US and Poland
  9. US and Romania
  10. US and Turkey
  11. Simulation Exercise

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Globalization and its effects

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major theories and the practical implications of the globalization. After a short overview of the historical times showing the very first signs of globalization, the lectures introduce students to the major international organizations and to their relations to free trade agreements. Next, the major actors of globalization and their social effects are presented, emphasizing the role of the USA in this process. Special attention is paid to global governance, regime building, democracy and the civil society.

The main topic of the course:

  1. Theoretical basics: the beginning of Globalization, historical overview
  2. International organizations and its roles
  3. Free trade and its effect
  4. The USA and the globalization
  5. The EU and the globalization
  6. Globalization and security
  7. Social inequalities
  8. The social effects of globalization
  9. Globalization and democracy
  10. Global civil society
  11. The role of the media in the globalization

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Implementing US foreign policy through public diplomacy

The aim of the course is threefold. Firstly, it familiarizes students with the major theories and most used practices of soft power and public diplomacy. Secondly, the course pays a special attention to the public diplomacy practices of the United States of America and their effects. Lastly, it prepares students to apply the acquired knowledge and be able to prepare materials used in public diplomacy (press releases, writing and delivering political speeches).

The main topic of the course:

  1. The basics of communication, the political communication
  2. The power in the international relations
  3. Soft power
  4. Public diplomacy
  5. Country image
  6. The role of the media
  7. The public diplomacy of the US 1
  8. The public diplomacy of the US 2
  9. The public diplomacy of the US 3
  10. The public diplomacy of the EU
  11. Transatlantic relations

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Geo-economics

This course explores the scope and nature of paradigmatic approaches to explain shifts in the balance of power in the world today. It focuses specifically on the concept of geo-economy as a means of employing economic tools to foster strategic interests thus advancing geopolitical objectives. The course assesses the relationship between geo-economics as a “grammar of commerce” and geopolitics as well as geo-technology as overarching concepts defining changes in the world order. The course will discuss geo-economic challenges that the United States, as the most important global economic power, is facing. At the same time, it will also present a perspective of what those challenges offer for Europe including Central and Eastern Europe.

 The main topic of the course

  1. The triangle which determines the world order and the power hierarchy of geo-economics.
  2. Globalization and geopolitics in the age of geo-economics
  3. The connections of security policy and geo-economics
  4. Geo-economics as a power tool and a network of political systems
  5. Liberalism and state capitalism
  6. Geo-economics and international systems
  7. Management reform of the Bretton-Woods systems and its effects. New regional initiatives.
  8. Geo-economic tools as power factors
  9. Economic warfare
  10. US foreign policy and historical framework of the geo-economics
  11. US foreign policy in the age of economic exercise of power
  12. Possibilities of the US regarding the geo-economic exercise of power

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Contemporary Perspectives on U.S.-Russia Relations and their Impact on Central Europe

This course reviews the policies and practices of successive U.S. Presidential Administrations toward the Soviet Union and Russia during the Cold War and post-Cold War period, including the impact they have had on the countries of Central Europe.  Although this is offered principally from an American perspective, the objective is to give students an opportunity to analyse and draw conclusions about the nature of U.S.-Russia relations, the processes driving those relations, and how they can affect regional actors.

The main topic of the course

  1. Introduction – Historical context of post-WWII and Cold War
  2. The Transition Blueprint – Reagan/Bush-Gorbachev/Yeltsin
  3. Filling the Vacuum – NATO and EU
  4. The Clinton Democracy Agenda – No Plan B
  5. The Wild West – New Russians and new Russian economics
  6. Welcome Mr. Putin – Making Russia great again
  7. The Bush Freedom Agenda – Eroding trust, competing leverage
  8. Mid-Term Review
  9. 9/11 – Mixed signals, missed opportunities
  10. The Chessboard Pieces – National security
  11. The Chessboard Pieces II – Energy & economic security
  12. The Chessboard Pieces III – Political economics
  13. Nothing Is True – The emerging power of information
  14. The Pawn Promotion – Same game, new players
  15. End-of-Term Summary and Presentations

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Contemporary Challenges of Globalization

This course begins with a review of the historical precedents for globalization, during both pre-industrial as well as industrial ages. It concentrates, however, on the largely U.S.-driven post-World War II creation of international institutions that laid the foundation for globalization, the information revolution that fuelled it, and the micro- and macro-economic and resource management policies and practices that made globalization possible and inevitable. Finally, the course considers the contemporary geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental challenges of globalization.

The main topic of the course

  1. Introduction – Historical antecedents of “globalization”
  2. Understanding the economic and political forces behind globalization
  3. The roots of modern globalization: Early 20th century experiments
  4. Post-war globalization – The institutional framework & central role of the US
  5. Post-war globalization – Lessons of bipolar stability and stagnation
  6. Post-war globalization – Cultural, social, demographic consequences
  7. Post-Cold War globalization – a single international world order
  8. Mid-Term Review
  9. Post-Cold War globalization – the case of Central Europe
  10. The information revolution – Leveling the globalization playing field
  11. Globalization unchained – The fuel of change, growth, destabilization
  12. 9/11 – The impact of international terror and lawlessness on globalization
  13. 9/12 – The new face of globalization
  14. The post-truth, post-liberal paradigm – globalization under stress
  15. End-of-Term Summary and Presentations