New MPhil Special Subject Option: Central Asia and the South Caucasus

This term sees the start of a new MPhil Special Subject Options made available for the first time in 2012-13:

Central Asia and the South Caucasus: International Relations and Foreign Policies, taught by Dr Roy Allison, provides students with an advanced understanding of the diverse international relations and foreign policies of the eight states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia since 1991. The intention is to enable students to apply conceptual and theoretical insights introduced in the core courses. The course examines common features and differentiation in the foreign policies of states within the South Caucasus and Central Asia respectively, as well as between these two regions. The course will draw on interdisciplinary debates on contemporary history, domestic state order and political structure, nation building and energy policy, but the core disciplinary debates addressed will be those from international relations. The course will develop thematic approaches by examining domestic and regional order, national identity and state formation, regionalism and multilateralism, normative competition and the EU transformation agenda, regime and transnational security as well as regional conflict.