Contemporary Conflicts and Global Responses
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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 5426
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This class analyzes the causes, dynamics, and consequences of contemporary armed conflicts, and examines global responses embodied in conflict management strategies and tools. It begins by laying out the major perspectives on conflicts and conflict response that are rooted in rationalist and critical traditions of Security Studies and Strategic Studies. The class then examines the historical and political contexts that have shaped and continue to shape contemporary international conflicts—namely, the early inter-state system, the 19th century, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. With this background the class investigates recent and ongoing cases of armed conflict from the so-called “New Wars” of the 1990s through the post-September 11, 2001 period. These include: Somalia and the Horn of Africa; Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Afghanistan-Pakistan; Iraq, Syria, and Iran; Sudan, Darfur, and South Sudan; Libya, Mali, and Yemen; Israel-Palestine; and the drug war in Colombia and Mexico. The final section of the class will consider drivers of conflict and conflict management and assess future prospects for international conflict management.