This course will address key debates concerning the onset, resolution and dynamics of civil war, the role peacekeeping missions can and should play in these settings, and how aspects of economic development and well-being intersect with these issues. We will discuss economic and non-economic motives for conflict, the economic consequences of war, why fighting might spread and how conflict can be suppressed or resolved, with a particular focus on peacekeeping. We will talk about research design challenges, and delve into details of quantitative analyses, including by way of replications that students will undertake. Students will complete the course with a final paper based on their own quantitative data analysis.
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.