Understanding Civil Wars: Internal Conflicts and International Responses|
Spring 2008 not offered
For the better part of the 20th century, international security scholars and practitioners focused on the causes and consequences of war and peace between countries, particularly the prospects for conflict between the great powers. Nevertheless, since 1945 the vast majority of conflicts have been within countries rather than between them. This course surveys competing theories about the causes, conduct, and conclusion of the dominant brand of conflict in the world today and examines how the international community deals with these (enduring and often seemingly intractable) conflicts. Topics examined include conflict prevention, conflict mediation, military intervention, peace implementation, peacekeeping and peace enforcement, and refugee crisis management. The course combines theories from international relations and conflict resolution with case studies of recent and ongoing conflicts.
We examine the ethical, political and material considerations facing policymakers contemplating intervention into internal conflicts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: GOVT388 OR GOVT155
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Intl.)
Significant portions of the following books are required reading:
Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall, Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2001).
Stephen John Stedman, Donald Rothchild, and Elizabeth Cousens, Ending Civil Wars: The Implementation of Peace Agreements (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002).
Robert C. DiPrizio, Armed Humanitarians: US Interventions from Northern Iraq to Kosovo, 2nd edition (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).
Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil Wars, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Mid-term, group presentation, class participation, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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