LEAD 226
Aid, Arms, and Armies: The Politics of Intervention in Africa Spring 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed PSCI 226 / GBST 226
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Comprised of nearly 50 countries and home to over 1 billion people, sub-Saharan Africa is remarkable in its diversity, particularly in regards to a number of outcomes central to the study of political science. It has also been a central site of numerous and profoundly impactful interventions for centuries, from the slave trade and colonialism to proxy wars and structural adjustment programs. This class investigates the many types of intervention–including military, humanitarian, and resource extraction–as well as identifying the diverse actors conducting these interventions, from missionaries to mercenaries, the World Bank to the world’s leading states (e.g. United States, China, France). We interrogate how these interventions have shaped a number of key political, economic, and social outcomes for African countries, highlighting both case studies as well as common themes. We will also keep an eye out for lessons learned and the future of international interventions–the politics of foreign investment, humanitarian assistance, and multilateral partnerships.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3912
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation, Midterm, Final, 3 Short Response Papers
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors and Leadership Studies Concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 226 Division II GBST 226 Division II LEAD 226 Division II
DPE Notes: This class assesses the power dynamics inherent within various international interventions within sub-Saharan Africa, comparatively and over time, attending to how interventions were shaped by, and contributed to, ethnic, gender, and class dynamics.
Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses
PSCI International Relations Courses

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