New course Fall 2017: PA 5890 Pol Violence, Conflict & War

Announcing Newly Added Fall Course in Global Public Policy
Taught by New Humphrey Faculty Member Jessica Stanton

PA 5890-03 Political Violence, Conflict, and War

This newly added course examines the causes, dynamics, and resolution of interstate and civil wars. The first section of the course will examine competing arguments regarding the causes of political violence and war, looking at how economic and political grievances may motivate violence; why political leaders may sometimes encourage violence; and what role ethnicity, national identity, and a sense of insecurity play in the initiation of conflict. The second section of the course will look at how wars are fought, with discussions of guerrilla warfare, counterinsurgency strategies, and terrorism. In the third part of the course, focusing on the resolution of conflicts, topics will include international intervention and peacekeeping; negotiated political settlements such as power-sharing and partition; and post-conflict justice strategies such as domestic and international trials and truth commissions. Throughout the course, we will consider a number of different cases of conflict – for example, wars in Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, and Uganda.

Details: Course PA 5890 Section 3 “Political Violence, Conflict and War,” meets Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-3:45.

For more information contact Humphrey School Global Policy Area Acting Head, Mary T. Curtin, mtcurtin@umn.edu.
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