International Conflict Management

MPP 672

(3 units)

This course is about international conflict and its management in the post-Cold War era. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, ethnic nationalism and globalization have increased the complexity, scope, and nature of conflict within an international order whose major characteristic is transition and uncertainty. To understand better how to manage such conflicts, this course examines the sources of inter- and intra-state conflict and means of intervention. Such intervention may be accomplished either by military force by a major power, such as the United States; diplomatic negotiation; or an international peacekeeping force. Finally, the course examines the successes and failures of conflict management theory and practice to understand what lessons can be learned and applied in the future.