Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 9833 | Rasler
This course surveys the leading theories of the causes of war.
Although interstate wars (wars between states) will be our primary
focus, we will also examine the “new” wars of the post-Cold War
environment in Eastern Europe and Africa. The theories of war are
organized around the following themes: philosophical approaches of
realism, liberalism and imperialism; structural arguments on power
transitions and hegemonic change; explanations about the democratic
peace; cognitive approaches to misperceptions; and finally, the
latest explanations about ethnic conflict, looting wars, and
terrorism. Course requirements usually involve three to four papers,
plus a midterm and a final.