GOVT-534 Graduate Seminar on Conflict Analysis
Spring for 2015-2016
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This seminar will explore alternative theoretical approaches and selected case studies of ethno-religious conflicts focussing on the terrorism-ethnicity-political-economy nexus. Classical and contemporary versions of conservative, liberal and radical theories will be examined to delineate the evolution of cultural identities in the context of economic globalization, ethno-religious fundamentalism, international intervention, democratization, and the rise of NGOs, Diasporas and civic cultures and so on. The seminar will examine the Sri Lankan case using the instructor’s manuscript, Beyond Terrorism and Ethnicity: A Political-Economic Analysis of the Sri Lankan Conflict. Seminar participants will conduct in-depth case studies of their choice exploring the historical origin and evolution of an ethno-religious conflict in a selected region or country. Based on the theoretical explorations and the case studies, the seminar participants will seek to contribute towards the formulation of a comparative global framework for conflict analysis and resolution.
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