Spring 2008 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Ethnic Conflict & Humanitarian Intervention
Instructor(s): Alan Kuperman
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 64300
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.106
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This seminar analyzes the effectiveness, limitations, and unintended consequences of military intervention as a tool for managing ethnic conflict, preventing atrocities, and achieving humanitarian ends. It explores these topics through in-depth examination of three recent cases: Bosnia, Rwanda, and Kosovo. No auditors are permitted in the seminar because it is based on student discussion of the assigned readings. The requirements are regular attendance and class participation (20% of seminar grade), one in-class presentation on a reading from the supplementary reading list assigned at the start of the semester (10%), a five-page take-home mid-term examination (20%), and a 25-page seminar paper (50%). Students also will prepare preliminary and revised paper proposals during the first half of the semester to ensure an early start to their research.

The seminar paper will address a humanitarian military intervention that either was, or could have been, carried out in an internal or inter-state conflict. The paper may, but need not, address one of the three cases explored in the course.

Books Available for Purchase: All course readings are on reserve. The following five books will be used extensively and are recommended for purchase, as students will be spending many hours with them.

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