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GOVT-598 Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Spring for 2014-2015
Faculty:
  • Zelizer, Craig
  • Over the past decade, there has been an increasing focus on the threat of domestic and international terrorism around the world. Groups and individuals who carry out acts of terrorism often fall outside the scope of traditional state-sponsored armed actors. Therefore, responding, preventing and stopping terrorism requires a host of traditional (policing, military, economic sanctions, intelligence) and non-traditional (cultural, social and development initiatives) initiatives.

    This course will cover alternative means of understanding, preventing and responding to terrorism. Topic will include:

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    Explore the current and potential contributions of the conflict resolution field to developing effective policies related to ending terrorism.
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    An overview of sources of terrorism and the motivations of individuals who engage in such acts.
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    Discussion of existing tools to motivate armed actors to transition from terrorist actions to joining the political process.
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    A review of how governments transition from a refusal to engage with armed actors to political engagement will be covered.
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    Review of how to integrate a conflict sensitive approach with traditional security responses.

    Through taking this course students will be better prepared to undertake research, practice, and policy careers within the security and conflict resolution fields. The course will cover a combination of theory and real-world cases, helping to contextualize many of key concepts covered in the course. In addition, the course will include several simulations, the screening of several short films on the topic and presentations by experts in the field.


    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None

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