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Intl.Relations & Current Affairs - War and Political Violence


Intl.Relations & Current Affairs - War and Political Violence

Contemporary Debates on War and Political Violence
Sneha Reddy

Have we made our peace with war? Is conflict in its present form inevitable? What does the history of political violence tell us? If such questions interest you, this is just the debate to join. Each week, we look closely at different conflicts, starting from 1914 to our present day, under the umbrella of international norms and humanitarian law.

We begin with an overview of near war situations and go on to discuss how states decide to go to war, how they conduct war and throw a spotlight on the world’s shortest wars with a focus on how they were brought to an end.

This is a chance to understand political violence in its many forms, across several decades and continents, and develop an international perspective on key issues. The course encourages thinking and debating about the use of war as well as its costs and enduring effects. What promises to be a fascinating series also asks many important questions relevant to our times.

Each class will begin with a 40-minute lecture and a 20-minute Q&A. Following a 15-minute break, the class will engage in a roundtable discussion for 45 minutes. Weekly preparatory material includes suggested readings, podcasts and discussion questions.

Week 1: Introduction. It was almost a war! A brief history of wars that did not happen
Week 2: How do democracies decide to go to war? France and Britain to North Africa and India
Week 3: Who is a combatant? Colonial wars to counter-insurgencies
Week 4: Chemical weapons and their inter-generational consequences: Malayan emergency to the Vietnam war
Week 5: The use of force and famine in world politics: Mount Lebanon in 1915 to Yemen in 2015
Week 6: The idea of positive peace: A revolution in non-military affairs?
Week 7: What is the direction of war? Inter-state to outer-space
Week 8: Conclusion. How does a war end? Spotlight on the world’s shortest wars

Venue: TBC

Semester 2: 8 week course
beginning on 29 January 2020

Course fees for one semester:
Standard £65, Concessions £60

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