BPC-290 Building Partner Capacity in Africa

How do we categorize conflicts?  How do we study them?  How do we know it is a conflict? This course surveys extant conflicts and reviews the current U.S. policies and activities in each affected country.  The student will review conflicts using three major databases: The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM).  Conflicts in the developing world often occur under neo patrimonial systems of governance that manipulate ethnic identities.  In the twentieth century these conflicts were often about self-determination and sovereignty.  In the twenty-first century, underlying the issues of justice and fairness is the control of natural resources.  This course will be delivered in three modules with the first and second modules covering databases and conflicts, the second module covering causes of conflict in Africa, and the third module covering partner and international responses with a focus on U.S. participation.