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KINT 3305 - Issues in contemporary conflict resolution

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic knowledge and understanding of international rules governing international relations and particularly the use of force, including the UN Charter, is assumed. Students who are aware of and maintain an interest in current events affecting international security, their background and trends will be better placed to benefit from this course.

Course Description

The conflict resolution agenda today is dominated by conflict within states, raising a host of challenges absent from the resolution of conflict between stat. To solve them durably often requires far reaching reform and protracted international involvement. Advances in international human rights law have increased calls for accountability. Since the end of the Cold War, separatist forces have reawakened, threatening the integrity of multiethnic states. Scattershot labeling of conflict parties as terrorists creates hurdles for the search for inclusive solutions. Despite R2P, consensus remains elusive on how to deal with mass atrocities and war crimes absent Security Council agreement. Criminal non-state actors without a political agenda threaten the authority of states. The proliferation of conflict resolution agents complicates the search for peace. These and other thematic issues will be examined including through discussion of selected recent and ongoing cases.


DE SOTO, Alvaro (Diplomate en mission permanente au Pérou)

Pedagogical format

12 weeks.

Course validation

1. An individual take-home paper consisting of a 2-page policy brief for a government leader/head of an international organization/NGO, with recommendations on how to deal with a situation (early in semester, 40% of grade). 2. An analytical, thematic paper of approximately 12-15 pages co-authored by groups of 3 students, for submission in mid-April, on one of the issues of conflict resolution mentioned in the course description above, to be elaborated in class 2, should contain references to 2 or 3 specific cases. 3. Each team to be interviewed at semester's end. (2+3 = 60% of grade.)

Required reading

  • DE SOTO, Alvaro, Diplomacy and Mediation, in KALDOR, Mary and RANGELOV, Ivor, eds., Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014
  • CROCKER, Chester, HAMPSON, Fen Osler, and AALL, Pamela, Leashing the Dogs of War, (Part I, Introduction), in Leashing the Dogs of War : Conflict Management in a Divided World, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D. C., 2007
  • ROBERTS, Ivor, Satow's Diplomatic Practise, Chapter I, 6th Edition, 2009
  • LUTTWAK, Edward N., Give War a Chance, Foreign Affairs, July/August 1999

Additional required reading

  • KENNEDY, Paul, The Parliament of Man, Chapters 2, 3, 6, and 7, Vintage Books, New York, 2006
  • BAN, Ki-moon, Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, A/70/95, United Nations, New York, 2015