The course "Transatlantic Relations after the Cold War" offers a comprehensive exploration ofthe political, economic, and strategic dynamics shaping the relationship between Europe and North America in the post-Cold War era. Designed for M.A. students, this course delves into the complexities, challenges, and opportunities that have emerged in the Transatlantic relations since the fall of the Soviet Union. The course begins with an analysis of the historical context, examining the impact of the Cold War on Transatlantic relations and the subsequent transformations in the global landscape. It explores the shifting power dynamics, changing security concerns, and evolving economic interdependencies that have influenced the relationship between the European states, the United States and Canada. It also discusses the enlargement process of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after the Cold War and its impact on the Transatlantic relationship.

Throughout the course, students will engage in critical analysis of primary and secondary sources, participate in discussions and debates to deepen their understanding of specific topics within the realm of Transatlantic relations and gain understanding into the complexities of contemporary Transatlantic issues.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

1.Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the historical context, key events, and transformations that have shaped Transatlantic  relations in the post-Cold War era.

2. Analyze and evaluate the political, economic, and strategic factors influencing Transatlantic  relations, including power dynamics, security challenges, and economic interdependencies.

3.Critically assess the roles and functions of key institutions, such as NATO and the European Union, in promoting cooperation, managing conflicts, and shaping Transatlantic  relations.

4.Evaluate and discuss the complexities of security cooperation between the United States, Canada, and European nations, including the evolution of NATO's role, defense cooperation mechanisms, and the challenges associated with burden-sharing.

5. Analyze the impact of economic integration and trade relations on Transatlantic  cooperation, including the effects of globalization, trade agreements, and conflicts on the economic ties between Europe and North America.

Evaluation Methods

  • Mid semester evaluation (50%)
  • Term Paper – 30%
  • Examination – 20%
  • End-semester evaluation (50%)

SIS Research Manual should be used as a guide for written assignments. Available at

Students must maintain high degree of academic integrity, which includes abstaining from copying and plagiarism. For details on plagiarism and research ethics refer to SIS Research Manual.