GOVT-572 Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement
Fall for 2014-2015
This seminar will explore historical and recent developments in peacekeeping and peace enforcement, focusing primarily on the UN, but also examining NATO, the African Union, and other peace operations. We will begin by studying the origins of peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and peacebuilding. We will survey contrasting cases of success and failure in multidimensional peacekeeping in civil wars in an effort to determine which factors were the most important determinants of the outcomes. We then turn to contemporary U.S. interest in peacekeeping, regional peacekeeping efforts, and the current peace enforcement operations in Mali, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Finally, we will examine contemporary debates over the use of force, the “protection of civilians,” the “responsibility to protect,” gender mainstreaming, and attempts to reform and improve international capacity to keep the peace. The goals of this course are to survey the current debates in peacekeeping and peace enforcement; to master the current literature; to learn how to write a reading analysis; and to perfect the craft of writing a graduate-level research paper. Note: This course has different goals, and covers different material, than GOVT 633, “War, Peace, and the State,” and may be taken before or after that course.
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Fall '14: Howard, L (file download)
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