HHH New course on Political Violence, Conflict & War

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Newly Added Fall Course in Global Public Policy

Taught by New Humphrey Faculty Member Jessica Stanton (see bio below)
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 politicalviolence 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 Poliy Area Acting Head, Mary T. Curtin, mtcurtin@umn.edu. Undergraduates are welcome to enroll, but must seek a permission number from Stacey Grimes at grime004@umn.edu


Jessica A. Stanton is associate professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, specializing in global policy. Her research interests include the causes, dynamics, and resolution of civil wars; the role of international law in international relations; and the causes of conflict and cooperation in international relations. Her book, Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines why some governments and rebel groups engaged in civil war adopt strategies that involve the deliberate targeting of civilians, while other groups, in accordance with international humanitarian law, refrain from attacking civilian populations. Her research has also been published in The Journal of Politics and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly. Before joining the Humphrey School, she was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania; she previously held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University and her B.A. with distinction from Stanford University.

Mary T. Curtin, Ph.D.

Diplomat in Residence/Global Policy Area Acting Head
143 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
email: mtcurtin@umn.edu
phone: 612-624-1065
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