Political Science | Intra-State Conf & State Bldng
Y396 | 3733 | Sinno


This course introduces you to research on intra-state conflict,
conflict resolution and state-building.  Intra-state conflicts
include civil wars, wars of liberation, secession, revolutions and
ethnic conflicts.  Topics addressed include: Where do conflicts
erupt? How do they evolve? How long do they last? Who wins? How &
where could negotiated settlements be achieved? What type of polity
will result from the conflict? Which conflicts justify outside
intervention? Does outside intervention work? Can outsiders build a
resilient state?  The readings for the course consist of studies that
try to answer those questions broadly, and case studies written by
both scholars and practitioners.  The course will particularly
address conflicts from the Middle East and North Africa, including
the current confrontations and “state building” ventures in Iraq and
Afghanistan.  You are expected to contribute to the discussion,
submit a guided research report that might contribute to a cutting
edge project on state building, and write a term paper that evaluates
some of the theories you'll learn in the context of a conflict of
your own choosing.