INAF-311 Peace and Conflict in East Africa
Spring for 2013-2014
In this course we will analyze the causes, and consequences of these conflicts, focusing particularly on the dissolution of Somalia, the Eritrea-Ethiopia War, Southern Sudan and Darfur and northern Uganda. We will assess a variety of causal factors, including: poverty and low levels of economic development, the tremendous ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity of the region, environmental degradation and resource conflicts, historical factors such as colonialism and Cold War politics, and the impact of institutions and political leadership. We will include comparative study of the IGAD countries (Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti), as well as Tanzania. In particular, we will also consider the necessary and sufficient conditions (political, institutional, economic and social) for peace within and between East African countries by studying state- and nation-building in Kenya and Tanzania. Major theories of conflict will be analyzed, as well as the conditions for negotiated settlements, and the role of international actors, particularly the United Nations and the US.
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