Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 3726 | Rasler


This course examines the causes of international war, as well as
civil war, revolution, ethnic strife and foreign military
intervention.  We will look at a variety of theoretical approaches
from the micro level (e.g., the role of perception, rational choice
decisions of individuals), the national level (e.g., the long-term
decline of world powers).  We will also look at some case studies
such as the Persian Gulf War (1991), the 1967 and 1973 Middle East
wars and the Balkan war in the 1990s.  The purpose is to use theory
to inform our understanding of these cases.
Course requirements will include two quizzes, a midterm and a final
exam.  Additional writing assignments will depend on the size of the
class.