Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 5397 | Butcher
The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter
of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a
subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected -Sun
Tzu, "The Art of War"
The written history of the world is largely a history of warfare,
because the states within which we live came into existence largely
through conquest, civil strife, or struggles for independence. -
John Keegan, "A History of Warfare"
As the above quotes suggest, war is one of the most important and
long lasting issues of international relations. This course
examines the primary theories of the causes of war and encourages
students to critique and evaluate these theories. The course will
cover the structural, national and individual level theories of
conflict and then turn to more contemporary issues in international
conflict. Issues of terrorism, ethnic conflict, and unconventional
warfare will be considered, as well as the prospect of the
obsolescence of war and the future of international conflict.