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Fall 2017
Mar 20, 2018
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GOVT 543 - Political Parties Dev World
Stabilizing conflict-affected areas is a policy imperative for Western powers and the international community. This course is designed to equip students with the tools to apply concepts and frameworks to real world stabilization policy decisions and situations. It begins by providing students with an understanding of the contemporary theory, analytic frameworks, and planning approaches involved in conducting stabilization efforts in war-torn environments. After reviewing the broader theory and principles for effective stabilization across all sectors—security, humanitarian, economic, and rule of law—the course concentrates on how to assess and develop solutions to the thorny yet essential governance challenges in stabilization contexts. Governance challenges the course addresses include but are not limited to: identifying, supporting, and empowering locally-legitimate actors that can manage conflict and prevent violence recurrence; designing and buttressing political systems that reinforce stability; engaging and neutralizing non-state armed actors who contest state legitimacy; as well as managing and mitigating local, regional, and national spoilers who seek to derail stabilization efforts, among other topics.

The course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to assess challenges to stabilization—across all sectors, yet with a focus on governance—and develop evidence-based solutions and associated strategies. Students will apply leading stabilization analytic frameworks to ongoing stabilization cases (e.g., Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya) to identify core challenges and propose solutions to them. Based on their analysis, students will develop concise policy memos (and briefings) outlining core findings and proposed stabilization strategies. Through completing the course, students will gain practical skills in policy-relevant analysis, writing, briefing, and planning applicable to careers in government or the NGO sector.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Government Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate

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