Political Science | Protest, Violence, Revolution
Y200 | 27293 | Hierman


Prior to the US invasion to overthrow the Taliban in 2001, political
and social developments of Afghanistan and Central Asia (understood
here as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
as well as the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang) were not
widely reported in Western media. However, the rise and fall (and
apparent revival) of the Taliban is just one example of the forms of
political movements that have appeared in this regionís recent
history. Since the turn of the 20th Century this region has
witnessed: Socialist revolutions; a(n apparent) Democratic
revolution; Islamic radicalism; ethnic conflict; a prolonged
separatist movement; civil wars; and deadly riots. The aim of this
multi-discplinary course is understand how these different forms of
contention have shaped the contemporary history of this region as
well as to project future prospects for contention in the area.
Concepts and readings will be drawn from the disciplines of History,
Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.  Students are not
expected to have any prior knowledge of the region. The course
requires students write two short papers and complete a final take
home exam.

This course is cross-listed with GLLC-G220.