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This course considers the origins of political violence and state failure at the end of the 20th century. It seeks to address why there was a resurgence of political violence at the dawn of the 21st century. Toward that end, we begin by considering competing explanations of political violence (ethnicity, democratization, natural-resource endowments, and predatory elites). We then move on to the empirical section of the course in which we cover case studies of state failure in parts of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Format: seminar; discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
seminar participation, two oral presentations and a research paper proposal
one of the following: PSCI 201, 202, 203, 204, 229, 243, 250, 254 or the permission of instructor
Political Science majors
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
PSCI Research Courses