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Peace, Strategy and Conflict Resolution

IWP 625
Four credits

The purpose of this course is to help students develop a deeper appreciation of the underlying conditions that provoke conflict and threaten global stability in the 21st Century.  We will explore new approaches for statecraft relevant to addresses challenges to democracy posed by a global “reset” of world order and governance. We will utilize a “Full Spectrum” approach to formal diplomacy and relevant “Track 2” Citizen Diplomacy.  This course introduces the multi-faceted dimensions surrounding the current chaos and uncertainty of the 21st Century.  Peace, war, and conflict resolution require a strategy which is based on a just moral order and a balance between national security and global compassion.

We will focus on key historical events that created the modern nation-state era and threats to its survival in the 21st Century.  These include the 17th Century Treaties of Westphalia, the foundations of American democracy, personality-driven leadership such as Winston Churchill in World War II, and the end of the Cold War under the Reagan Doctrine which promoted peace through strength to deter cataclysmic conflict.  Our fundamental objective is for students to understand that peace, war, and political conflict have roots and causations which transcend generations, personalities, or societies.  A proper appreciation of these multiple factors and the history and cultures of the nations will help secure peace and to analyze world conflicts in a more understandable and practical context.  In this light, the chances for successful conflict resolution are more clearly defined, as well as victory over aggression.

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