PSCI255 - THE CAUSES OF WAR&PEACE

The existence and endurance of war provides one of the most important puzzles of politics: why is it that people keep making use of such a destructive and painful way of resolving their disputes? This course addresses this question and the related question of what factors contribute to peace, focusing on both academic and popular explanations for conflict, including among others anarchy, over-optimism, shifting power, diversionary war, the malevolent influence of war profiteers, and a variety of explanations grounded in culture, religion and other ideational variables. In this discussion, we will focus on both interstate and civil wars, and on both the onset and the eventual termination of war. At various points in the course we will discuss a wide range of historical and contemporary cases, including the World Wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, the various Arab-Israeli wars, the India-Pakistan rivalry, and a number of recent civil conflicts such as the wars in Yugoslavia, Congo, and Sudan. The course concludes with a discussion of strategies for managing ongoing conflicts and for securing peace in post war settings.
Section 001 - LEC
MW 1100AM-1200PM
WEISIGER, ALEX
MCNEIL BUILDING 286-7
Section 201 - REC
F 1100AM-1200PM
MARGULIES, MAX Z
JAFFE BUILDING 113
Section 202 - REC
CANCELED
Section 203 - REC
F 0200PM-0300PM
MARGULIES, MAX Z
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 237
Section 204 - REC
CANCELED
Section 205 - REC
R 0200PM-0300PM
MARGULIES, MAX Z
STITELER HALL B30
Section 206 - REC
CANCELED
Section 789 - REC

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair