Course in Conditions of War and Peace
This course aims to nail down some of the basic issues that had been argued in the current research on peace and security.
About the Course
Discourse on war and peace has gone through a remarkable transition during the two decades after the end of the Cold War. We do not have to worry of major nuclear wars, and then, no longer can we anticipate stability based on nuclear deterrence. We have no immediate threat emanating from a belligerent adversary equipped with a major arsenal, but we observe a number of small to medium military powers that are more belligerent than the days of the Soviet Union. We have more democracies in the world, and yet are far from the democratic peace that has been imagined by the students of international relations.
This course aims to nail down some of the basic issues that had been argued in the current research on peace and security. The questions are all deceptively simple enough, but then the answers will all be ambiguous at best. It is my hope that you will be able to provide better answers than those given in the course by developing your own analytical capacity.
The course is divided into four parts:
- Week 1: "When is War Necessary?", raises the question of military intervention in light of theories of just war.
- Week 2: "Power Transition and War", discusses the argument that global transitions in power distribution lead to hegemonic wars.
- Week 3: "Democratic Peace, Democratic Wars", is a reappraisal of the democratic peace theory, and asks if democratization by force provides international security.
- Week 4: "Conditions for Peace", is directed toward our new assessment of paths toward durable peace.
No background is required; all are welcome!
Each week, a series of lecture videos, which are 1.5-2 hours in total, and homework quizzes are provided. In addition, essay-type assignments will be given at mid-term and final, and they will be peer graded.
- Verified Certificate
- Statement of Accomplishment
Course at a Glance
- 4 weeks of study
- 5-7 hours/week of work
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