POLS 052. International Conflict Resolution: Prospects and Pitfalls

When armed conflicts arise, the international community faces critical decisions about whether and how to intervene. Failing to do effectively could have negative ramifications for local and global security; successful efforts, meanwhile, could dramatically reduce violence and suffering. This course examines the management and resolution of interstate and intrastate conflict. How do conflicts end? When and why do third parties intervene, and what approaches do they use? Under what conditions are conflicts successfully managed or resolved - and when are they likely to persist? Throughout the semester, students will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to understanding conflict termination; explore concepts and strategies such as negotiation, mediation, and peacekeeping; consider the success and failure of conflict management efforts in locales such as Darfur, Rwanda, and Bosnia; and analyze efforts to resolve contemporary global conflicts.
Political sciences.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Political Science  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science

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