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New Course Offering: JSIS 488/POL S 447 Post-Conflict States and Societies in Europe

Submitted by Political Science Advising on May 18, 2015 - 9:30am

New Course Offering
JSIS 488 B/POL S 447 E
Fall 2015 Dr. Arista Cirtautas
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30-4:20pm

With the return of conflict to Europe in Ukraine and the continuation of conflicts near Europe's borders as in Syria, essential questions for European security have re-emerged: how can conflicts be contained or resolved; how do post-conflict states and societies engage in the tasks of stabilization and reconstruction; how well or how poorly do post-conflict societies fare in creating the foundations for durable peace and prosperity; what lessons might European experiences bring to light for other conflicts around the world?

This course will focus on European case studies, analyzing the policies used to overcome divisions both within countries (e.g. Ireland, Greece, France/Algeria, N. Ireland, Bosnia, Chechnya) and between countries (Germany and France; Germany and Poland) to determine what, if anything, from these experiences might be applicable to current conflict zones such as in Ukraine and the Southern Caucasus. Special attention will be paid to the role of regional integration in fostering reconciliation.

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