Faculty Profile

Andrew Wolff

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2008)

Contact Information

wolffan@dickinson.edu

Stern Center for Global Educ Room 003
717.245.1968

Bio

His areas of teaching and research include U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, NATO and EU security policy, international relations theory, and summitry. Currently, his primary research concerns the geopolitics of NATO enlargement and the implications of NATO transformation. He has been a legal staff assistant in the United States Senate and an English teacher in the Czech Republic. Professor Wolff's most recent article “Crafting a NATO Brand: Bolstering Internal Support for the Alliance through Image Management" was published in Contemporary Security Policy in April 2014.

Education

  • B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1995
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2010

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

INST 281 Am National Security Policy
Cross-listed with POSC 281-01.

POSC 281 Am National Security Policy
Cross-listed with INST 281-01.

POSC 290 European Security
Cross-listed with INST 290-02.What security issues do European countries face? How are European countries and the European Union responding to various threats? This course delves into the structure of European security, examines the security challenges confronted by Europe, and weighs the opportunities these challenges present for enhancing Europe's security and global leadership. Students will learn how European governments define security and formulate strategies to meet a host of security concerns. In particular, this course addresses the nature of NATO-EU relations, the development of an independent European security and defense policy, the status of European military forces and defense procurement, the performance of European peacekeeping operations in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), Africa (the Congo), and Afghanistan (ISAF), the assessment of potential threats emanating from Russia (energy security), and the European response to transnational terrorism.

INST 290 European Security
Cross-listed with POSC 290-02.What security issues do European countries face? How are European countries and the European Union responding to various threats? This course delves into the structure of European security, examines the security challenges confronted by Europe, and weighs the opportunities these challenges present for enhancing Europe's security and global leadership. Students will learn how European governments define security and formulate strategies to meet a host of security concerns. In particular, this course addresses the nature of NATO-EU relations, the development of an independent European security and defense policy, the status of European military forces and defense procurement, the performance of European peacekeeping operations in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), Africa (the Congo), and Afghanistan (ISAF), the assessment of potential threats emanating from Russia (energy security), and the European response to transnational terrorism.

POSC 390 Summits
This seminar investigates the political dynamics and long-term ramifications of international summits that are arguably major turning points in modern international relations. The seminar takes a comparative look at the fundamental components of summitry: the influence of personal diplomacy, the effectiveness of negotiating strategies and tactics, the management of public relations and messaging, and geopolitical pressures and implications. Students will study in detail the Congress of Vienna, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Munich Conference of 1938, the Allied Conferences during WWII (Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam), Nixon-Mao Summit Meeting, and the 1978 Camp David Summit. The class will also utilize role-playing simulations to highlight themes and test negotiating strategies.