LEAD 141
Bandits and Warlords Spring 2016 Division II; Cross-listed as LEAD141 / GBST141 / PSCI141
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A leading scholar once quipped that political communities “qualify as our largest examples of organized crime.” He wasn’t far off: governments are meant to protect their citizenry, but as the #bringbackoursgirls or the KONY 2012 campaigns reveal, sometimes they fail. Bandits emerge, racketeers flourish, and warlords replace governments. By looking at Boko Haram, Séléka rebels, Al-Shabaab, Somali pirates and the Lords Resistance Army, this course explores the conditions that lead to the collapse of government protection and its replacement by bandits and warlords. We will then use this understanding to examine prominent examples of banditry and warlordism in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 50
Expected: 40
Class#: 3990
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, five short papers and a final exam
Prerequisites: none; open only to first-years and sophomores
Enrollment Preference: first-years
Distributions: Division II;

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