INAF-466 State-Building After the Gun
Fall for 2016-2017
Hellman, Joel and Opalo, Kennedy
Are you interested in understanding the causes and consequences of state weakness in fragile states? This class will expose students to both research and applied work on state development and state-building in fragile post-conflict societies. Despite recent gains in economic development and reduction in intra-state conflict, a subset of countries in the developing world remains weak and prone to conflict and state failure. What explains chronic state weakness in these countries? And what strategies (both domestic and internationally-driven) of state-building work?

The class will seek to answer these questions through in-depth analyses of the causes and consequences of state weakness in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and the specific domestic and international approaches to state capacity development after the cessation of conflicts. During the semester the class will occasionally host guest lectures from professionals working on various issues in post-conflict contexts – including bureaucratic restructuring, reforms in the education and health sectors, security reforms, among others.

At the end of the class students will be able to critically engage with academic research on state development, conflict, and post-conflict recovery; as well as derive key policy implications of this research. Because of the applied nature of the class, students will also learn a great deal about the practicalities of policy development and implementation in post-conflict contexts.

BSFS Juniors and Seniors Only
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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Fall '16: Opalo K, Hellman J (file download)
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INAF-466-01 State-Building After the Gun
Fall for 2016-2017
Hellman, Joel and Opalo, Kennedy
Are you interested in understanding the causes and consequences of state weakness in fragile states? This class will expose students to both research and applied work on state development and state-building in fragile post-conflict societies. Despite recent gains in economic development and reduction in intra-state conflict, a subset of countries in the developing world remains weak and prone to conflict and state failure. What explains chronic state weakness in these countries? And what strategies (both domestic and internationally-driven) of state-building work?

The class will seek to answer these questions through in-depth analyses of the causes and consequences of state weakness in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and the specific domestic and international approaches to state capacity development after the cessation of conflicts. During the semester the class will occasionally host guest lectures from professionals working on various issues in post-conflict contexts – including bureaucratic restructuring, reforms in the education and health sectors, security reforms, among others.

At the end of the class students will be able to critically engage with academic research on state development, conflict, and post-conflict recovery; as well as derive key policy implications of this research. Because of the applied nature of the class, students will also learn a great deal about the practicalities of policy development and implementation in post-conflict contexts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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