Armed conflict, killing, starvation, torture, rape or displacement characterise the political realities for many people, groups, or countries around the globe – and continue to pose core threats to their security. The course introduces major themes and debates in the contemporary study of conflict and violence, including the causes and consequences of interstate warfare, civil war, terrorism, violence against civilians, forced migration, repression, military intervention, as well as nuclear and cyber warfare. To systematically engage with these topics, the course will draw on a set of essential theoretical frameworks. The overarching goal of the course is to provide the conceptual and analytical tools necessary for evidence-based policymaking in the realm of conflict and violence and apply them to specific instances as exemplified above.
This course is for 1st year MIA students only.