With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. The west saw this as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tended to view it as a threatening move reminiscent of “encirclement.”

This course will examine the complex historical roots of the conflicting stance between NATO and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss the importance of intelligence in the murky world of hybrid war. We will discuss how energy and non-energy natural resources play roles in security policy. We will also look at the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders.

Central Europe will be discussed on all these facets as a case study to understand the issues. Poland’s increasing relevance as a regional player is reflected in the fact that the NATO summit will be held in Warsaw in June 2016. Students will observe the summit and will also have access to personnel and facilities normally restricted for the general public. Due to the nature of these opportunities, space is limited and priority for enrollment for this course will go to students enrolling in at least one other course.

Programme structure

Crossroads I is not a prerequisite for Crossroads II, however priority will be given to students enrolling in both courses.

Entry qualification

High school / secondary education (or higher)

There are no prerequisites for this course. Previous studies, background, and/or interest in international relations, security studies, military studies, history helpful.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Language requirements


Other requirements

At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.

A motivation letter must be added to your application.

Tuition fee

$2,995.00 per programme

Discount is applied if combining either Crossroads I or Crime and Punishment with Crossroads II.

Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included.

  • Application fee $50.00 one-time
  • Deposit $250.00 one-time
Program taught in:
  • English

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