Statebuilding & Peacebuilding
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5405
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Public Policy
Statebuilding and peacebuilding are two prominent policy agendas driving international and national efforts to address conflict and fragility in countries around the world. The understandings of both are evolving. Both agendas face numerous challenges in achieving their intended results. This course aims to examine the key theories underpinning and driving the policy agendas of statebuilding and peacebuilding, the critiques of international action and the practical alternatives that are emerging. Vibrant and highly contemporary policy debates will be examined as they play out, through country case studies – including official “pilots” of international collective action. The course will consider how theories and practices of liberalism and Marxism are being presented with practical alternatives that move beyond static and polarizing concepts and theories and into more “hybrid” forms that reflect the very real, dynamic contexts of fragility and conflict. Emphasis will be placed on examining the degree to which and ways in which national actors and especially civil/societies are engaging in, and shaping the debates and emerging practices, and results.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.