Summer 2015

Development and Conflict S2015 (151040004-S2015)

The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen a continuation of the challenges facing many   developing countries in terms of addressing violent conflict. Neoliberal globalisation has   increased inequality within and between nations, aggravating tensions and causing new   outbreaks of violence and armed conflict. Countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq, Somalia,   Syria and Nigeria are examples of places where multiple political and economic interests clash,   with devastating consequences for millions of people. In the past two decades, foreign   interventions have increased significantly on the grounds of protecting civilians. This raises new   questions about notions of humanitarianism, human rights, peace-building and their implications   for democracy, poverty reduction and development.  This course looks at trends in violent conflict in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and asks   whether there have been significant changes in the type of violent conflicts. It also explores ways   in which development processes and policies themselves impact upon, and often generate   violent conflicts.