Početna Undergraduate StudiesInternational RelationsFourth year of studies – European IntegrationCommon Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

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Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

  • Study programme/study programmes: International Studies – module European Integration
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Ivo A. Visković (80%) and Prof. Radmila P. Nakarada (20%), exercise by Nemanja B. Džuverović, MA, Teaching Associate
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Teaching methods: Lectures and exercise
  • Number of classes: 2+1

Aim and outcome of the course

This course encompasses genesis and contemporary characteristics of one of the most recent fields of action of the European Union – the common foreign and security policy (CFSP). Students shall learn how the idea emerged and how long it took for it to be realized as the concept of common action in the field of two classic state functions – foreign policy and security/defence – acceptable for member states. We shall explain institutional structure and mode of decision-making within the framework of the “second pillar” of the EU, as well as changes entailed after adoption of so-called Reform Treaty of the EU. The second part of the course is devoted to the analysis of some of the most important modes of action of the EU in this field in practice, particularly studying of priority directions of the CFSP of the Union, and results and problems emerged in their definition and realization. We shall critically assess the EU policy towards the Balkans and the so-called Western Balkans, including the policy towards our country.

At the end of the course students should: (get to) know, understand and be able to use basic categories related to the CFSP and to use them in analysis of contemporary political problems linked to the EU and its role in international relations and relations in the region in which our state is located; to be capable to identify and assess the importance of main problems and events linked to the CFSP: improve their capacities and skills of reading and understanding professional texts about this subject matter, as well as their oral and written expression and arguments on this topic; develop capacity to analyze, critically consider and evaluate different interpretations, theories and attitudes about the CFSP.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Pre-history of creation of CFSP (“second pillar”); Context and importance of provisions about the CFSP in the Maastricht Treaty; Relation of the EC/EU towards Yugoslav crisis and wars and consequences for CFSP; the EU and the crisis in Kosovo and Metohia; Institutional innovations from Amsterdam to Nice; From Nice to the Lisbon Treaty; Security and defence policy of the EU; Building of “infrastructure” for security policy (military activities, industry, arms, integration of intelligence activities, scientific research); the EU and the world (relation toward key actors, regions, crisis and conflicts); the EU and the USA – relation of alliance and/or competition?; Regional policy of the EU; the EU policy of neighborhood; Is the EU a new emerging superpower?

Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work


а) basic:

1. M. Janjević, Zajednička spoljna i bezbednosna politika EU, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2007 (about 220 pages)

2. R. Nakarada – I Visković (ed): Zbirka tekstova o zajedničkoj spoljnoj i bezbednosnoj politici, EU, FPN, Belgrade (in preparation for printing; about 150 pages)

3. J. Teokarević – B. Milinković-D. Lopandić (eds), Zajednička spoljna i bezbednosna politika EU, Diplomatska akademija MSP, Belgrade (in preparation for printing; about 100 pages)

b) additional (204 pages)

1. Radoslav Stojanović, Spoljna politika Evropske unije, Dosije, Belgrade, 1998 (about 120 pages)

2. several issues of the edition Chaillot Papers, ISS WEU/UE, Paris, 1996-2006

3. Nicole Gnesotto (ed.), EU Security and Defence Policy – The First Five Years (1999-2004) ISS of the Western European Union, Paris, 2004 (part)

4. Dišan Siđanski, Federalistička budućnost Evrope, Belgrade, 2000 (part)

5. R. Nakarada, The EU and the Balkans – Paths to Integration, Institute for European Studies, Belgrade, 2002

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 30
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40