Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 3347 | Johns


This course surveys the leading theories of the causes of war.
Although interstate wars will be our primary focus, we will also
examine the emergent “new” wars of the post-Cold War era, with an eye
towards the changing nature or war, the applicability of causal
theories, and the prospects for peace. Several case studies will be
examined including ethnic conflict, foreign military intervention,
and the current conflict in Afghanistan. The purpose here is to use
theory to inform our understanding of these cases. Course
requirements will include several quizzes, a midterm exam, and a
final research paper. Additional writing assignments will depend on
the size of the class.