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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 19, 2022  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GFS 401 Conflict, Governance, and State Building: The Balkans


The course introduces students to key concepts of post-conflict governance and state building. It will concentrate on politics and political solutions to conflicts, including those stemming from improved domestic governance and international post-conflict governance. The students will attain better understanding of the state, institutional causes of ethnic conflict, the role of government in causing and resolving conflict, problems of post-conflict state building, key aspects of inclusive governance in multiethnic societies, power sharing, and minority accommodation and integration.

The course will explore key aspects of a case of a recent ethnic conflict in the Balkans: the roots and causes of the conflict, its history and consequences, the role of the international community, and post-conflict institution building. The course includes a field study to the Balkans visiting with leaders on both sides of the conflict: senior government officials, party leaders, local mayors, conflict resolution professionals, as well as U.S. and European diplomats. (Special travel fee applies.)

Prerequisite: Background in Political Science, History, or related field; minimum of senior standing, application required.