Department of Political Science

IR 223 Cycles of War and Peace

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Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

This course is archived. It will not be offered again.

Shawn Ling Ramirez
Spring 2011 — TR 14:00-15:15

Course Syllabus

The first half of the course examines explanations of crisis initiation, the escalation of violence, and causes of protracted conflict. The second half surveys theories of conflict resolution and explanations of the successes and failures of peace-making and peace-keeping efforts. Students will work in groups to apply theories and concepts to a conflict of their choice. Additional examples will be drawn to study how war and peace evolve in cases that vary in the intensity of the conflict (causes of genocide, e.g., Rwanda), the length of the conflict (enduring rivalries, e.g., the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), and the value of the conflict (territorial and resource wars, e.g., the dispute over Kashmir, and the Congo).