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Switzerland: East European IR and Security
Geneva, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 6
Faculty Leader: Boris Barkanov
Program Description:


Switzerland: East European IR and Security
GenevaThis is an intensive summer course that explores the international relations and security of Eastern Europe. The substantive focus is on relations between Russia, the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), and the EU as they have evolved in the post-Cold War era.  Though our primary interest is in this region, we also interrogate various comparative historical and extra-regional cases to illuminate how regional security does and does not fit into broader patterns of international relations. We begin by examining regional security dynamics and their post-Cold War evolution through the lens of IR theory. The rest of the course is primarily empirically-oriented with a special interest in foreign policy.  First, we will study the general foreign policy processes associated with the main actors, followed by the balance of hard (military) and soft (economics/energy and social) power and how these have changed over time.  Lectures are supplemented with presentations by invited academics that offer a Russian and Lithuanian (Baltic) perspective respectively, followed by a structured discussion led by the instructor.  We will also visit various public & private institutions – including ministries, security agencies, political bodies, businesses, museums, and others – to deepen understanding of our problematic through guided tours, discussions with decision-makers/policy stakeholders, and other activies.  Presentations and visits will be organized by a local partner in consultation with the instructor.  In Geneva: the International Centre Lomonosov, an affiliate of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of Law (Lomonosov).  In the Baltics: the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRP).
Students will have assigned readings, written work, and asynchronous discussion on ecampus to be completed prior to departure during May. While in the region, students will be expected to actively participate during lecture/discussion, presentations/discussion, and excursions/discussion.  Free time should be spent experiencing and reflecting upon their new surroundings.  Upon returning, students will develop and begin research/writing on a topic of their choosing in consultation with the instructor.  This work can be the basis for a more in-depth capstone project in subsequent semesters. 


City: Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Population: 188,634 

Information: Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge.

Places of Interest:
International Red Cross and Red Cresent Museum
Palace of Nations
St. Pierre Cathedral


Pols 366 B - 6 credits. 


Professor Boris Barkanov


Program Cost $*Airfare not included

WVU Course Credit
Some meals 
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

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