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Fall 2012-2013
WWS 555B   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in International Relations - Terrorism, Civil Wars and Non-State Threats

Jacob N. Shapiro


This seminar is devoted to understanding (1) forms of political violence other than interstate war and (2) how policy makers can (and sometimes cannot) take action to ameliorate the threat from non-state violence. Course requires careful reading of 1-2 policy statements and 2-3 moderately technical articles each week on topics including: terrorism, the causes of civil war, the duration and cessation of civil war, the transition from violence to democracy, violence and social order, economic development and violence, the institutional structure of insurgent organizations, government violence and expropriation, revolution, and ethnic violence.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
WWS Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
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Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23289 S01 01:00:00 pm - 04:00:00 pm Th   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed