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    PS 450 The EU and Security in the Wider Neighbourhood III
    25 June - 5 July 2018


The summer module on “The EU and Security in the Wider Neighbourhood III” focuses on the EU as an international security actor in its Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods which share unstable settings challenged by various political, societal and economic issues.

The first part of the module is designed to equip the students with an introductory understanding of the external competences of the EU from a historical, institutional, conceptual and thematic perspective as well as a thorough grasp of the European Neighbourhood Policy with a specific focus on its modalities in both regions. The students will then be divided into two groups of regional tracks, first focusing on the Euro-East, second on the Euro-South; in order to understand the opportunities and challenges for the EU in dealing with security issues in its wider neighbourhood through a more specialized approach.


The objective of the course is to provide students with the analytical tools to understand the special nature of the EU’s approach towards the security issues in its wider neighbourhood. The course’s main aim is to provide students with a strong understanding of the main political motivations as well as the track record of the EU in dealing with security around its neighborhood. Overall, this module aims at supporting the students in their academic work and further their research projects and ideas.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will, demonstrate a thorough grasp of the literature on the ENP, understand the conceptual and empirical aspects of the study of the EU’s security policies towards the wider neighbourhood, acquire a good understanding and a comparative perspective on the modalities of the two-region aspect of the neighbourhood policies, apply their knowledge of the tools of policy analysis to empirical cases of EU neighborhood relations.

Students fulfilling the module requirements will be awarded with a KHAS certificate of 5 ECTS credits.

The students are expected to read required texts and prepare for each class, as well as write a reflection paper on the “challenges and the opportunities that the EU faces in dealing with one specific security issue of the regional track that they participate”, which will be decided through a discussion between the student and course lecturers. The reflection paper will be submitted via the Blackboard open source system so that all students will have access to all papers.

Joint Track

The EU and Security in the Wider
Neighbourhood II

Dr. Sinem Akgül-Açıkmeşe

  • Evolution of EU’s External Relations (6 hours)
  • Making of EU Foreign and Security Policy: Actors, Institutions and Instruments
  • Enlargement as EU Foreign Policy
  • Common Security and Defense Policy
  • EU’s External Economic Relations
  • EU Neighbourhood Policy: Evolution and Challenges
  • The Modalities of the Euro-East Initiatives
  • The Modalities of the Euro-Med Initiatives

Track 1

The EU and Security in the Eastern
Neighbourhood II

Dr. Mitat Çelikpala

  • Security Dynamics of the Eastern Neighbourhood
  • Conflicts of the Region and the EU’s Operational Role
  • Energy Security in the Black Sea and the EU’s Role
  • EU-Ukraine Relations and Russian Policies
  • EU’s Policies towards the South Caucasus
  • EU-Moldova Relations
  • EU-Belarus Relations

Track 2

The EU and Security in the Southern Neighbourhood II

Dr. Salih Bıçakcı

  • Security Dynamics of the Southern Neighbourhood
  • Conflicts of the Region and the EU’s Operational Role
  • Terrorism and Violence in the Region and EU’s Policies
  • EU’s Policies towards the Syrian Crisis
  • The EU and the Arab-Israel conflict
  • EU’s Policies towards Egypt
  • EU-Libya Relations

Guest Lectures

Who can Apply?

In order to take part in the summer module, students must:

  • - be aged 18 or over at the time of the program start date

  • - have a University degree in a relevant field (3rd-4th year students currently enrolled at a University/College programme are also eligible on a merit basis)

  • - provide evidence of English proficiency

  • - write a statement of purpose of 500 words (see application form)

  • - attach a curriculum vitae (see application form)

  • - attach a passport ID pages copy (for non-Turkish students)

  • - attach an identity card copy (for Turkish students)

  • - attach a transcript of records which is from your institution

  • - attach a student certificate which is from your institution

How to Apply?

To apply, please fill in the application form and upload the relevant documents.
Any inqueries should be forwarded to eujmm@khas.edu.tr

Important Dates

Deadline for Applications

8 June 2018


24 June 2018


25 June – 5 July 2018


6 July 2018

The summer module involves three main lecturers, one of whom is an EU foreign and security policy, the other is an Eastern neighbourhood and the third is a Southern neighbourhood expert, as well as guest lecturers both from Turkey and the EU.


    International Relations at Kadir Has University

    is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University (KHAS). She was a Jean Monnet fellow at LSE (2001-02), Turkish Academy of Sciences fellow (2002-08) and visiting PhD student at LSE (2005-06) in support of her research on EU foreign and neighborhood policies specifically from a security perspective, European integration, enlargement and Turkey-EU relations. Dr. Acikmese has a teaching experience on EU studies of about 15 years, at various institutions including Ankara University and TOBB-University of Economics and Technology on a full-time capacity before she joined KHAS. She has expertise in running EU-funded projects and she is the academic coordinator at KHAS for overseeing the mobility under Erasmus+ and partnerships with various European universities. She is the academic coordinator of this module, responsible for providing perfection in teaching.

  • Dr. Mitat CELIKPALA

    International Relations at Kadir Has University

    Dr. Mitat CELIKPALA is a Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Eurasian Security, Turkish Foreign Policy, Russia and the Caucasus. Politics, security and history of those regions as well as the EU’s, Turkey’s and Russian policies towards these regions are his main themes of research and he supervises doctoral dissertations in these areas. His areas of expertise are the Caucasus, North Caucasian Diaspora, people and security in the Caucasus and Black Sea regions, Turkish-Russian relations, energy security and critical infrastructure protection. He currently serves as the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

  • Dr. Salih BICAKCI

    International Relations at Kadir Has University

    Dr. Salih BICAKCI is in the department of International Relations of Kadir Has University. He received his BA from Department of History of Marmara University in 1994 and completed his MA degree in Turkic and Turkish Studies Institute of Marmara University. He joined the humanities computing program in University of Bergen, Norway. Later, he had his Ph.D. in Tel Aviv University in 2004. Dr. Bıçakcı participated in various international projects on identity, politics and terrorism. He teaches Middle East in International Politics International Security, Theory of International Relations and Turkish Foreign Policy. He had field experience in Israel, Palestine and in Central Asia. He published various articles on the international security, nationalism, and international politics. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Middle East and Africa.

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The EU and Security in the Wider Neighbourhood III
Jean Monnet Summer Module @ Kadir Has University 25 June – 5 July 2018 Istanbul/Turkey