Instructor: Panagiota Manoli

Course Description

The course aims to a better understanding of the structures and processes that shape the political economy of Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Black Sea area and affect the behavior of states and other actors in the region. Specifically, the course focuses on the following thematic areas: Major political and economic issues in SEE and the Black Sea region in the post-Cold War era – current schemes of regional cooperation – issues of ‘soft security’ – bilateral security problems – protracted conflicts — European Union interests and policies (enlargement, Eastern Partnership) – The policy of Russia towards the region – Turkey’s policy towards the region – Greece in SEE, Caucasus and the Black Sea – The geopolitics of energy (energy, competition)

Indicative Bibliography

Brezinski, Z. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, Basic Books, New York, 1998

Karaginannis, M. Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Caucasus, Papazisi, Institute of International Economic Relations, Athens, 2006 (in Greek)

Lesser, I. Global Trends, Regional Consequences: Wider Strategic Influences on the Black Sea, International Center for Black Sea Studies, Athens, November 2007

Manoli, P. The Dynamics of Black Sea Subregionalism, Ashgate, Farnham, 2012

Mazower, M. The Balkans. H Short History. Random House Publishing Group, New York, 2007

Southeast Europe, Crisis and Opportunities. (collective), Papazisis, Athens, 2010 (in Greek) [Νοτιοανατολική Ευρώπη. Κρίση και προοπτικές, (συλλογικό), Παπαζήση, Αθήνα 2010].