International Crisis Management

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE NAME

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Course Code

D2 8012-1

Course Type

Optional

Level of Course

Undergraduate

Year of Study

4th

Term

Spring

ECTS Credits

5

Name of Instructor

Fotini Bellou, Assistant Professor

E-mail

fbellou@uom.gr

Office Hours

Monday 17:00-18:00 and Tuesday: 12.00-13.00

In-Classroom Study

3 hours per week

Out-of-Classroom Study

2 hours per week

Objective of the Course

To familiarise with models and practices leading to conflict resolution or crisis management

Prerequisites

None

Course Contents

This course analyses the nature of post Cold War conflicts and examines the way in which the international community, states and international organizations, formulate collective action in order to resolve or manage them. Concepts such as collective action, Responsibility to Protect (R2P), humanitarian intervention and post conflict reconstruction are evaluated while certain crises are used as case studies. In particular, conflicts and crises are examined from Southeastern Europe while cases such as Afghanistan and Iraq are critically evaluated. Through the examination of the international involvement and efforts to manage international crises, this course also presents and assesses the evolution of the models and mechanisms of international crisis management.

Recommended Readings

The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution, London SAGE Publications 2009, Edited by Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and I. William Zartman

Teaching Methods

Seminar

Assesment Methods

50% Homeworks, 50% Final exams

Language of Instruction

English

Course Schedule

 

1. Week

Introduction to the subject

2. Week

The Characteristics of post-Cold War international conflicts

3. Week

Conflict resolution practices : The notions of collective security and humanitarian intervention, R2P.

4. Week

International Peacekeeping practices

5. Week

The failure of effective crisis management. The War in Bosnia-Hercegovina (1992-1995)

6. Week

Peacekeeping vs Peace-enforcement). A post Cold war necessity?

7. Week

Peace enforcement: the case of Kosovo (1999)

8. Week

Preventive policy and crisis management. The case of FYROM

9. Week

Preventive Policy. The European perspective?

10.Week

The United States’ perspective in crisis management

11.Week

The case of Afganistan, Crisis management or total war?

12.Week

The war in Iraq: Humanitarian Intervention or a wrong Intervention?