Political Science | International Relations
Y669 | 9865 | Thompson

Protracted Conflict De-escalation

This seminar will focus on  explaining why protracted conflicts de-
escalate or terminate (and/or why they do not do so).  Protracted
conflicts encompass both interstate rivalries and intrastate civil
wars.  It is possible that the same models may apply to both, but
that is an empirical and theoretical question that will need to be
examined.  Students will write papers on both types of conflicts
(external and internal).  Cases can be selected from any part of the
world, subject to some provision for allowing sufficient variation to
proceed with an analysis.  For instance, one might compare a case
that de-escalated with one that did not.  Alternatively, one might
compare attempts at de-escalation (within a single case) with mixed