Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Central Asia and Caucasia In World Politics ULI 609 0 3 + 0 3 6
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Course Language Turkish
Course Level Doctorate Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Öğr.Gör. OSAMA AMOUR
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Course Objective With the end of the Cold War Era the international system by its impaired geopolitical equilibrium entered a new period of indefiniteness after September 11th. The Central Asia and Caucasia which were outside the agenda of the world politics until this period become the area of interest for both the regional countries Russia, Iran, Turkey and extra-regional countries USA, EU, China. The grounds for this lecture is to supply the broad visioned international relations doctorate lecturer who may have foresight about the nowadays politics, by examining the foreign policy and the near vicinity relations of Eurasia that becomes an area of conflict especially both for regional and global powers in the new world order and that has an important geopolitical and political expansions.
Course Content n this lecture the factors that affect the changing geopolitics of Central Asia and Caucasia are being examined. And the rivaling great powers are being analyzed according to these factors. Though there are other regional and global powers that have interest in Central Asia, the politics of RF, US, EU having the main influence over the issues in this region are going to be mentioned.
Overview of Central Asia and Caucasia in the Transition Period
The Changing Relations with Russia and the CIS Countries
Political Development, Prospects for Democratization
The Geopolitics of Central Asia Prior to Sept. 11
Changing Geopolitics in Eurasia -The struggle For Power in Central Asia and Caucasia (USA, EU, China and Russia)
Ethnic conflicts and security problems of the region
Peace and Security in Caucasus and Frozen Conflicts
Caspian oil and alternative pipelines- the struggle for the domination of the Caspian oil as a part of oil politics and the question of international marketing of the Caspian oil and alternative pipelines
Cooperation in Eurasia and Regional Policies
The International Politics of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikstan)
“Nationalism and Democracy"
US’ Policy in Central Asia and Caucasus
Turkish Policy in Central Asia and Caucasus
Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Central Asia
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Use the knowledge from scientific sources that analyzes the progresses and political events in Central Asia and Caucasia that become a target area in the globalized world. Lecture, Testing,
2 Evaluate the regional progresses by scientific methods in the aspect of international relations Lecture, Question-Answer, Homework,
3 Designate and analyze the complex events, progresses and subjects related with this region Self Study, Oral Exam,
4 Develop suggestions based on cases and investigations in accordance with the issues in this region. Lecture, Question-Answer, Performance Task,
5 Analyze the gathered knowledge and idea about the recent events and issues of the region with its historical, social and cultural dimensions. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
6 Synthesize the information about the global politics, actor states, international relations, issues and solutions concerning the region and transfer this clearly to the interest groups. Question-Answer, Discussion, Problem Solving, Testing,
7 Improve the harmony of team work, analytical thinking and open mindness to innovate ideas Discussion, Group Study, Homework,
8 Increase indivudual abilities and potentials whose aim is to have an international relations career like attaché, diplomat in this region. Drilland Practice, Role Playing, Oral Exam,
9 Obtain the talent of producing and processing the knowledge and the investigation methods of accessing the knowledge. Project Based Learning, Testing,
10 To improve students´ understanding of the relations of the Caucasian states with regional and global powers. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
11 To help students analyze economical, technological, cultural and diplomatical developments in those countries. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Performance Task,
12 To help students critically evaluate the results of the past efforts for regional cooperation. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing, Performance Task,
13 To acquaint students with the political structures of South Caucasus Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing, Homework,
14 To acquaint students with the political structures of North Caucasus Lecture, Discussion, Group Study, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
15 To deepen students´ comprehension of the relations between Turkey and Armenia Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Overview of Central Asia and Caucasia in the Transition Period
2 The Changing Relations with Russia and the CIS
3 Political Development, Prospects for Democratization
4 The Geopolitics of Central Asia and Caucasia Prior to Sept. 11
5 The struggle For Power in Central Asia and Caucasia in the Changing Geopolitics of Eurasia (USA, EU, China and Russia)
6 Ethnic conflicts and security problems of the region
7 Peace and Security in Caucasus and Frozen Conflicts
8 Caspian oil and alternative pipelines
9 Cooperation in Eurasia and Regional Policies
10 The International Politics of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikstan)
11 Nationalism and Democracy
12 US’ Policy in Central Asia and Caucasus
13 Turkish Policy in Central Asia and Caucasus
14 Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Central Asia
Resources
Course Notes Giray Saynur Derman, The Struggle for Power in Central Asia and The Caucasus: Geopolitics and the Great Game After the Cold War, ,Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, England 2015
Course Resources Anderson, John. The International Politics of Central Asia (Manchester: Manchester U. Press, 1997), pp. 78-113.
Beissinger, Mark R. "State Building in the Shadow of an Empire-State," in The End of Empire? : the Transformation of the USSR in Comparative Perspective (Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott, eds.) (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1997), pp. 157-185.
Parrott, Bruce "Perspectives on postcommunist democratization," in Conflict, Cleavage, and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott,eds.) (Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press, 1997), p. 1-39.
Dahl, Robert. Development and Democratic Culture, in Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies (Larry Diamond et al., eds) (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins: 1997), pp.34-39)
Modes of Assistance: Support for a Market Economy in Democratic Theory and Post-Communist Change (Robert Grey, ed.) (Upper Saddle, NJ: Prentice Hall: 1997),pp.256-257
Kubicek, Paul. Authoritarianism in Central Asia: Curse or Cure? Third World Quarterly, vol. 19, no 1 (1998) pp. 29-43.
Fierman, William "Political Development in Uzbekistan:Democratization?" in Conflict, Cleavage, and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus, pp. 360-408.
Olcott, Martha Brill "Democratization and the Growth of Political Participation," in Conflict , Cleavage, and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrot, eds.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 201-241.
Kadyrzhanov, Rustem. The Ruling Elite of Kazakhstan in the Transition Period. In The New Elite in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (College Station, TX: Texas A&M, 1999), pp. 144-161.
Huskey, Eugene. An Economy of Authoritarianism? Askar Akaev and Presidential Leadership in Kyrgyzstan in Power and Change in Central Asia (Sally Cummings, ed.)
Ochs, Michael "Turkmenistan: The Quest for Stability and Control" in Conflict ,Cleavage, and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrot, eds.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 312-359.
Roy, Olivier. The New Central Asia. The Creation of Nations (NY: Taurus, 2000), pp.161-189.
Chinn, Jeff and Robert Kaiser. Russians as the New Minority (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996), Ch. 8 (Kazakhstan), pp. 185-205
Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives, Basic Books, New York, 1997
Akiner, Shirin. "Independent Kazakhstan" The Formation of Kazakh Identity: From
Tribe to Nation-State. (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs) 1995, pp. 60-82.
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources X
1 Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources X
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches X
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches X
3 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects X
3 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects X
4 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions X
4 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions X
5 Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded X
5 Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded X
6 Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy X
6 Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy X
7 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador X
7 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador X
8 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge X
8 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge X
9 Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics X
9 Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics X
10 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations X
10 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 60
1. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 10
1. Performans Görevi (Seminer) 20
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Quiz 1 10 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Performance Task (Seminar) 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 156
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6.24
dersAKTSKredisi 6