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State Formation, Violence, and Intervention in the Modern World

Course number: U6389

With a case study on Afghanistan, this seminar in international security policy will introduce students to several generations of literature on state formation and its relationship to violence and foreign intervention. We will explore the resilience and limitations of various theoretical approaches as they relate to a number of empirical cases. Students will become familiarized with a number of important arguments that have been advanced to explain state formation in its more recent incarnations in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and post-Communist Europe.