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CSPO 1135A - Contemporary conflicts in South Asia: Armed, Ethnic and Natural resource conflicts

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

South Asia is assuming increasing importance in world politics in the post-Cold war era. The region's significance has grown considerably since 9/11. It is host to one of the world's most intractable multilateral disputes. The objective of this course is to establish a grid of analysis on the interrelations between the South Asian neighbours and about the construction of South Asian identity/ identities through a study of some of the biggest conflicts in the region. By analysing actors' interests through the application of international relations theory, the aim is to decipher the motivations and intentions of the parties to the conflict. Towards the end of the seminar, the class will attempt to ‘test' theories within the framework of case studies and answer a research question through methodological research. At the end of the course, the student is expected to: 1°) Identify conflicts and its causes in contemporary South Asia ; 2°) Discuss the impacts of these conflicts on the rest of the world ; 3°) To analyse a conflict and propose possible ways to find a solution.


  • RATHORE, Gayatri (PhD, Lecturer)
  • SOOSAITHASAN, Solène (PhD student)

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: 1°) Research paper, 5 pages max to be submitted in Session 8 (30%) ; 2°) Workshop Session 11 and 12 (60%) ; 3°) In-Class participation (10%).

Required reading

Mohan Malik, “The China Factor in the India-Pakistan Conflict”, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, nov 2012

Additional required reading

  • The debate between Paul Kapur and Sumit Ganguly on nuclear stability in South Asia. India, Pakistan, and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia, New York: Columbia University Press, 2010
  • S Paul Kapur, “India and Pakistan's Unstable Peace: Why Nuclear South Asia Is Not like Cold War Europe'', International Security, 30 (2), Fall 2005, pp. 127-152
  • Gurpreet S. Khurana , “China's ‘String of Pearls' in the Indian Ocean and Its Security Implications », Strategic Analysis, 32 (1), jan. 2008, pp 1-39