Seminar: MA-Seminar: EU Counter-Terrrorism - Details
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Course name Seminar: MA-Seminar: EU Counter-Terrrorism
Course number 040302-0018
Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 4
Home institute Politikwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Tuesday, 13.04.2021 14:15 - 15:45
Participants MA-Studierende
Pre-requisites This seminar is offered through the medium of the English language.

Vorausgesetzt wird die Bereitschaft zur Lektüre englischsprachiger Texte und englischsprachiger Konversation.
Learning organisation Die Teilnahme am diesem Online-Seminar setzt die Möglichkeit zur regelmäßigen Teilnahme an Zoom-Meetings zu den Seminarzeiten voraus.
Performance record Prüfungsleistung: Hausarbeit
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache deutsch
Literaturhinweise Kaunert, C. (2010) European Internal Security - Towards Supranational Governance in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Manchester: Manchester University Press
Kaunert, C. S. Léonard, and P. Pawlak (eds) (2012), European Homeland Security: A European strategy in the making? Abingdon: Routledge
Kaunert, Christian and Kamil Zwolski 2013, The EU as a Global Security Actor – a comprehensive analysis beyond CFSP and JHA, 1 Ed., all, Palgrave Basingstoke
Kaunert, Christian and Sarah Leonard 2013, European Security, Terrorism, and Intelligence, 1 Ed., all, Palgrave Basingstoke
Ilbiz, Ethem and Christian Kaunert 2021, EU, Turkey and Counter-Terrorism Fighting the PKK and ISIS, 1 Ed., all, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham
Leonard, Sarah and Christian Kaunert 2019, Refugees, Security and the European Union, 1 Ed., all, Routledge London

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No room preference
Tuesday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly


This option aims to provide students with an understanding of the issue of terrorism and a comprehension of some of the problems for democratic states in Europe, as well as the European Union in responding to this threat. The Treaty on European Union stipulates that one of the key objectives of the European Union (EU) is to provide citizens with a high level of safety within an area of freedom, security and justice. Yet, when it comes to the measures taken to combat terrorism following the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks in the United States (US), as well as subsequent attacks on Madrid, London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Berlin and others, has Europe lived up to this promise thus far? The seminar represents the first attempt to evaluate the first 20 years of the EU counterterrorism policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course will provide students with the analytical tools to systematically assess the phenomenon of terrorism, its increasingly international character, and varying national and European responses to the problem.
1. A familiarity with the key debates among terrorism and counter-terrorism studies scholars concerning the nature of the threat, and the policy response to it.
2. An appreciation of the range of political and institutional influences that have shaped the counter-terrorism policy development.
3. The opportunity to develop transferable skills such as the appreciation of different interests and the ability to defend a point of view in the seminars.
Indicative topics include:
• Definitions, Typology, Prehistory
• Radicalisation and causes for terrorism
• Religious based terrorism and Al-Qaeda
•Counter-terrorism in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
• European Union multilateral terrorism cooperation with the US and the world
• Terrorism in European Foreign Policy
• The US Experience and EU-US transatlantic cooperation on counter-terrorism
• What role for European military forces and NATO in the War on Terror?
• The Future of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Case studies of terrorist groups, such as:
Northern Ireland; Red-brigades, Italy; Baader Meinhoff, Germany; ETA, Spain; USA; Russia and Chechnya; Al-Qaeda/Daesh
This seminar is linked to the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Counter-Terrorism that was awarded to Professor Christian Kaunert in July 2018. In 2020, Prof Kaunert was also awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, a Jean Monnet Network of Excellence in EU Counter-Terrorism, and a Jean Monnet module in Hybrid Warfare. The Jean Monnet Network on EU Counter-Terrorism, which includes the University of Augsburg, is to achieve recognition globally as a leader in the field. The network will have a strong international dimension by drawing upon long-established and emergent collaborations with a range of researchers in the UK, Europe and Israel and North Africa. The network includes the University of South Wales, University of the West of England Bristol and Cardiff University in the UK, Dublin City University in Ireland, the University of Augsburg in Germany, the Egmont Institute in Belgium, the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the University of Pisa in Italy, CIDOB Barcelona and the University of Deusto Bilbao in Spain, the University of Iasi in Romania, Prague Metropolitan University in the Czech Republic, the IDC Herzliya in Israel and the University of Jendouba in Tunisia.