Global Security System: Challenges and Actors

Assembling A Global Security Puzzle: From Geopolitics to Cyber Warfare


This course introduces students to the realm of global politics and its central variable – international security as it intersects with and impacts other critically important dimensions such as the global economic, commercial, and financial systems. The course adopts a systemic approach by demonstrating the interconnectedness and interdependence of all dimensions of global security.

Students will explore these various global dimensions from functional and geographical points of view that will take them on a fascinating intellectual tour of the major international organizations, political unions, and security alliances (e.g. the UN, NATO, the OSCE, the EU) as well as the politics and security of the various global powers and specific regions (e.g. the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China, the Middle East, etc.).

This course will include discussions with distinguished speakers from around the world, including current and former politicians, diplomats, academic experts, and military leaders from the US, NATO, the EU, and the individual regions in question. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage in direct discussions with these prominent figures and work individually and as teams on point papers and presentations that seek to find innovative solutions to the most salient security challenges facing the global order in the 21st century.


Start: to be announced

Duration: 4 weeks x 2 sessions per week

Format: online 

Language of instruction: English

Participation fee: $490 (paid in UAH at the NBU exchange rate)


If you are interested in this program, please leave your information in the registration form. As soon as the dates are confirmed, we will let you know.

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will:
Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze complex security issues

They will be able to evaluate different perspectives, identify key factors shaping global security, and propose informed solutions to security challenges.

Gain knowledge about the roles and strategies of major actors in global security,

such as NATO, the US, russia, and China. They will understand the geopolitical interests and policies of these actors and how they influence the global security landscape.

Gain insights into the foreign and defense policies of russia and China as spoilers of the global security system

They will understand the motivations, tactics, and strategies employed by these countries and their implications for global stability.

Gain insights into the critical nexus of energy, food, and security

particularly through examining the Baltic Sea's energy crisis and the global grain crisis in the Black Sea region.

Develop an understanding of the concept of hybrid warfare and counterintelligence

They will explore information warfare, lawfare, and cyber warfare as elements of hybrid warfare.

This course is designed for
  • Employees of governmental agencies and NGOs involved in international security, defense, or foreign policy willing to gain a deeper understanding of global security challenges and potential approaches to address them.
  • Professionals in the Security and Defense Sectors, including military personnel, intelligence analysts, diplomats, policymakers, and security consultants, seeking insights into the current geopolitical landscape and strategies employed by different actors.
  • Journalists, scholars and researchers focusing on international security, geopolitics, or regional studies would find value in this course as it delves into various aspects of global security and provides insights into the strategies and policies of major global powers.
  • Professionals working in the energy and food industries, particularly those dealing with international trade and global supply chains, or those involved in policymaking related to energy security and food supply, who can gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between energy, food, and security.
  • Students of International Relations, Political Science, Security Studies, or related fields to deepen their comprehensive understanding of the global security landscape.
  • General public with an interest in global affairs, geopolitics, and international security, even without a specific professional focus, can enroll in the course to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the global security system.
This course is designed for
Meet your instructor

Mr. Mark Voyger  is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, D.C. In addition, he recently taught International Security and Politics at the US Army College in Carlisle, PA. Mr. Voyger's extensive career includes roles such as Vice President for Strategic Studies and Multi-National Programs at online training company and Senior Scholar at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He has also served as a Senior Lecturer at the Baltic Defense College in Estonia, teaching russian and Eastern European politics and security.

With a background in the military, Mr. Voyger has provided advisory and social science support in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also been involved in political campaigns, working for Senator Mitt Romney's Presidential campaigns.

Mr. Voyger holds advanced degrees from renowned institutions such as Tufts University, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and has pursued Ph.D. studies at Cambridge University. Mr. Voyger's expertise spans various regions and topics, including Eastern European, Balkan, and Middle Eastern politics and security, russian foreign and security policy, hybrid warfare, and transnational Islamist ideologies. He is a respected author, editor, and frequent speaker at think tanks, universities, and military commands in the United States and Europe.

Currently, Mr. Voyger serves as the Director of the Master's Program in Global Management and an Associate Professor at American University Kyiv. Fluent in multiple languages, including russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Arabic, Turkish, French, Spanish, and Italian, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his diverse roles and engagements.

Program structure
NATO and the US as the Fundament of the Global Security System

1.1 NATO - 2022 Strategic Concept
1.2 US - 2022 National Security/Defense Strategies

russia and China as the Spoilers of the Global Security System

2.1 russia's foreign and defense policy
2.2 China's foreign and defense policy

The Global Crossroads of Energy, Food and Security

3.1 Baltic Sea and the EU Energy Crisis
3.2 Black Sea and the global grain crisis

Subverting the Global Security System from Within

4.1 russian and Chinese Hybrid Warfare: Information Warfare/Lawfare
4.2 Great Spy Game in Eurasia: Countering russian Intelligence and Cyber Warfare

Global Security System: Challenges and Actors
  • Start August 4, 2023
  • 4 weeks x 2 sessions per week
  • Live online sessions with special speakers
  • AUK Certificate
  • $490   $441 by June 21
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Frequently asked questions
What is the language of instruction for this course?

The course is fully delivered in English. All learning materials, including reading and video, are in English too. Your individual and group assignments are expected to be prepared in English as well.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

As the course is delivered in English, participants are expected to have a B2 or higher level of English. AUK does not request any language certificates or other forms of confirmation. Participants are also expected to have at least three years of working experience, though this is a recommendation that will help you better fit into the group, rather than a prerequisite.

How much time will I have to spend learning while taking this course?

This course consists of eight live sessions, each lasting 90-120 minutes and taking place every Friday and Saturday.

What kind of assignments will I have to complete?

Your final project will include a position paper on one of the topics covered by course. This will be a few page essay that includes the problem, its analysis, and justified proposed course of action.

What certificate will I earn?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a certificate accredited by American University Kyiv.

Will my ECTs be transferable to undergraduate or post-graduate programs?

Yes, credits earned from this course are transferrable and may count toward Master’s or Bachelor’s programs should you decide to pursue this path of study.

How can I pay?

Payments may be made online via our website, or you may request an invoice from our accounting department. American University Kyiv does not accept cash payments.

Can I get the scholarship?

American University Kyiv offers wartime scholarships to all Ukrainian citizens who enroll in AUK programs. This course, in particular, has a 45% scholarship which is currently reflected in the course cost.

Can my company pay for me?

If your employer agrees to pay for your study, you may inquire about the proforma invoice from our accounting department.

What if I fail?

AUK issues a Certificate of Completion if a student obtains a minimum of 75 final points for the course. Students who have between 60 and 74.9 final points receive a Certificate of Attendance. If you have less than 60 final points, you will not be eligible for any certificate. However, the course will be offered on a repeated basis, and you may enroll one more time.

What if I miss the live session with the instructor or guest speaker?

Live online sessions will be recorded, so you may watch them later via a shared link. Offline sessions held on the AUK campus will not be recorded.

Can I get a refund if I drop the course?

You may get a refund if you drop the course within 14 days of signing the contract. Please refer to the text of the contract to find out more about the terms and conditions.

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