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Reading for DEC 7: Capabilities - matching the level of ambition?
Defending Europe: Scenario based capability requirements for NATO's European members
CSDP Defence Capabilities Development
Reading for DEC 14: The military-industrial base in the EU
The CSDP in 2020: Chapter 4: Integrated Markets? Europe's defence industry after 20 years
All registered participants will be admitted to the course on November 4, 2021.
Those who cannot register through PULS (yet) may attend as well. The administration of Uni Potsdam has informed me that I can admit you to the course as well.
Requirements / grading criteria for the essays:
General expectation: As I said, write a convincing argument ("think tank style"). Perhaps it is best to think of your essay as a contribution to a debate.
Length and formatting: max. 3.000 words (no less than 2.800), Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced, regular margins (Word default).
Topic: You can choose any topic you like, but there has to be a connection to the course theme: CSDP and multipolarity. Perspective/focus: You can choose a "national perspective" if you like (e.g, "Germany and the Indo-Pacific"), but remember to mention/reflect on the relevance of your topic/argument to CSDP (at the level of the EU) either in the introduction or in the conclusion.
Theory: If you like you can employ relevant theories in order to make your argument more "academic". I consider the use of theories a "cherry on top": nice to have, but not always necessary or helpful - especially when you want to think a bit outside the box.
References: Please us APA for referencing/citations.
Footnotes: You may use footnotes (not end notes), but do so sparsely. Submission deadline: Please submit your essays by February 15, 12 o'clock midday.
Grading criteria: Cleanliness (10 points): For every little mistake that I spot I will deduct one point. You can "loose" a maximum of 10 points.
Structure (20 points): Introduction (introduce us to the debate/topic, make a case for the relevance of your research question or argument); theory (if you like and if it helps); analysis (main body of the argument); conclusion (reflect on unresolved issues regarding your topic and perhaps present some suggestions for policy makers and/or point out gaps in existing research).
Content (60 points): I will consider how well you reflect on the debate/existing literature; whether you correctly identify gaps in existing research; how convincing and how plausible your argument is etc. Please make sure your argument is nuanced, i.e., you can be controversial, but there is always more than one side to a topic, so take care to consider competing arguments in the existing literature.
References/Bibliography (10 points): After all, this is an academic course, so you will have to cite other research etc. Knowing how to do this is important. Follow APA guidelines on citations/referencing. I want to see a proper bibliography at the end. List only literature that you actually cite in the text.
Introduction to the course: Getting acquainted and defining expectations
Basic concepts: What is the EU? What is multipolarity?
Strategic cultures and threat perceptions across Europe
Public opinion on EU defence cooperation: Support of the masses?
Strategies and policies: The EU’s level of ambition
Institutional framework of CSDP: From parliament to PESCO
The EU’s defence capabilities: Matching ambitions?
The military industrial base in the EU
The EU and … NATO: Cooperation or duplication?
Russia: Cancelled and moved to FEB 1
The EU and … China: Systemic rival or benign trading partner?
The EU and … the USA: Protector of debt-collector?
The EU and … Russia: Just a spoiler or a serious threat?
The EU and … the threat from within: Populism/nationalism
The EU in 2050: Different scenarios for the future of the EU’s defence
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