War & Conflict in the 21st Century
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3509
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Global Studies
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences
In a world of drones, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation, has the very nature of war itself changed since the fall of Communism and the end of the Cold War a mere twenty years ago? If so, how? In our age of digital technology and postFordist organization of labor can we still follow the linear evolution of warfare and humanity once calmly traced by military and strategic historians? This class explores the multiple facets of conflict and security, situating these discussions in contemporary political, social and cultural realms. Topics to be explored include whether preemptive wars are compatible with democracy, the increasing reliance on private military companies as public budgets shrink, conflict resolution through peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the question of moral obligation for military intervention in countries such as Sudan and Syria. We will also discuss phenomena such as asymmetric warfare, cyber war, infrastructure and financial systems, and unconventional forms of coercion. As a whole the class will undertake a thorough examination of the changing nature of war and conflict in the 21st Century.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.