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The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century

Course number: U8507

This course will focus on the role of the Security Council (SC) as a decision making body in the establishment and conduct of peace keeping operations in Africa in the post cold war period. It will examine the multiple factors, which come into play in the authorization of peace keeping operations by the SC. It will provide an understanding of the political dynamics and practical diplomacy of the international system as it applies to Africa. The course will analyze the current political context, in which conflicts in Africa are bound to happen in the future. It will examine the reorientation of the UN's attention towards issues like terrorism, Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan and WMD. Will Africa be the poor parent and remain outside the intervention zone?