2016 – 2017 Spring Term // Course Syllabus


Assoc. Prof. Dr. F. Didem Ekinci

Extension: 1242


Aim: This course aims at introducing senior PSI students to the developments, concepts and trends in Eurasia following the collapse of the USSR. A variety of issues covering the influence of the USA and the Russian Federation as two preponderant actors in the region shall be analyzed, to be followed by regional conflicts, energy issues, terrorism, etc.


Grading: There will be one midterm (50%) and a final exam (50%). Students are expected to act in accordance with university rules and regulations.



Weekly Course Schedule:

Week 1: Introduction: The Region and Its Main Characteristics

Week 2: Russia and the USA in Eurasia after the collapse of the USSR

Week 3: Turkey and Eurasia after the collapse of the USSR

Week 4: Conflicts in the Caucasus (1): Karabagh Problem

Week 5: Conflicts in the Caucasus (2): Conflicts in Georgia (Abkhazia & South Ossetia)

Week 6: Conflicts in the Caucasus (3): The War in Chechnya

Week 7: Energy security in Eurasia

Week 8: MIDTERM (not fixed)

Week 9: Radicalism, terrorism and Eurasian politics

Week 10: Bulgarian Assimilation Campaign against Turks

Week 11: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia (1): The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Week 12: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia (2): The War in Kosovo

Week 13: The 2001 Crisis in Macedonia

Week 14: Review



Recommended Readings (Additional reading material will be assigned throughout the semester)

-Mustafa Ayd─▒n, New Geopolitics of Central Asia and the Caucasus: Causes of Instability and Predicament (Ankara: SAM, 2000)

-Cem Karadeli and Yelda Demira─č (eds.), Geçmi┼čten Günümüze Dönü┼čen Orta Asya ve Kafkasya (Ankara: Palme, 2006).

-Bülent Aras, “Turkey’s Policy in the Former Soviet South”, Turkish Studies, 1(1), Spring 2000, pp. 36 – 58.

-Laurent Ruseckas, “Turkey and Eurasia: Opportunities and Risks in the Caspian Pipeline Derby”, Journal of International Affairs, 54 (1), Fall 2000, pp. 217 – 236.

-Celeste A. Wallander, “Silk Road, Great Game or Soft Underbelly? The New US-Russia Relationship and Implications for Eurasia”, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 3(3), September 2003, pp. 92 – 104.

-Bruno Coppieters (eds.), Contested Borders in the Caucasus (Brussels: VUB Press, 1996).

-Ali Faik Demir, Türk D─▒┼č Politikas─▒ Perspektifinden Güney Kafkasya (─░stanbul: Ba─člam, 2003).

-Bülent Aras, The New Geopolitics of Eurasia and Turkey’s Position (London: Frank Cass, 2002).

-Cengiz Ça─čla (ed.), The Caucasian Challenge: Interests, Conflicts, Identities (─░stanbul: Foundation for Middle East and Balkan Studies, 2008).

-Werner Gumpel, Turkey as a Political and Economic Factor in Europe and Central Asia
(München: Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, 1999).

-Mark Almond, Europe’s Backyard War (London: Heinemann, 1994).

-Derek Hall and Darrick Danta (eds), Reconstructing the Balkans – A Geography of the New Europe (Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 1996).

-Branka Magas, The Destruction of Yugoslavia – Tracking the Break-Up 1980–1992 (London: Verso, 1992)

-Ashok, Kapur, India and the United States in a Changing World
(New Delhi: Sage, 2002).

- Francine R. Frankel, The India-China relationship: What the United States Needs to Know
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).

-Sumit Ganguly, Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2001).

-Bar─▒┼č Ad─▒belli, Çin'in Avrasya Stratejisi (─░stanbul: IQ Kültür Sanat, 2007).

-Amin Saikal, Emerging Powers: The Cases of China, India, Iran, Iraq and Israel
(Abu Dhabi: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 1997).

-David Teather and Herbert S. Yee (eds.), China in Transition: Issues and Policies
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999).

-Thomas De Waal, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War
(New York: New York University Press, 2004).

-Kamer Kas─▒m, The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict from Its Inception to the Peace Process
(Ankara: EREN)  

-Edmund Herzig, The New Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
(London: Pinter, 1999).

-Michael P. Croissant, The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications
(Connecticut: Praeger, 1998).

- Ana K. Niedermaier, Countdown to War in Georgia: Russia's Foreign Policy and Media Coverage of the Conflict in South Ossetia and Abkhazia
(Minneapolis: East View Press, 2008).