Geopolitics and International Relations

Geopolitics and International Relations

Helen Khoshtaria

Deputy Minister for Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures (2007)


The course analyzes the current system of international relations, with a focus on security challenges and opportunities. To understand the context of the current status of international relations, it is important to consider the theoretical approaches to the establishment of the issue. The course also examines the international relations of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on the European context. It deeply analyzes the key trends in international relations after the end of the Cold War and considers the major contemporary challenges to security.


The course aims to enable students to analyze international relations and expose the current challenges in the region in historical and theoretical context.


Lectures divided into two main parts. The first part – the lecture (interactive, with questions-answers), and the second – a simulation that allows students to work on Ukraine’s foreign policy and security strategy.

Expected Result:

Students will analyze contemporary security challenges and identify opportunities, foreign policy and the decision on the agenda of the state security.

Lecture 1. Basic school of international relations: the realists, liberals, postmodernists. International Relations of the 20th century (the period of the Cold War, the European Union, NATO)
Lecture 2. International relations after the Cold War (the basic theory and analysis of Russian foreign policy, the EU, NATO, USA)
Lecture 3. Simulation. The development of foreign policy and security strategy of Ukraine

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