PSC/IR 276 The Politics of Insurgency and Terrorism
Fall 2012 ("W" Optional) — T 14:00-16:40
This seminar examines the military, political, and social factors that determine how non-state actors can win conflicts against governments and the problems of recruitment, control, and targeting faced by rebel and terrorist groups. The grade in this class is based on attendance, participation, two group presentations, and writing assignments building toward a final, 20-page research paper.
Fall 2011 ("W" Optional) — T 14:00-16:40
This seminar focuses on the dynamics of violent conflicts between state and non-state actors. The three units of the course will cover strategies of insurgency, organizational problems faced by violent groups, and counter-insurgency. In addition to thematic readings, the class will choose a small set of insurgencies to study in depth. Students will complete 2 short papers and 2 group projects based on research and analysis of those insurgencies. Students taking the class for a W will have to write somewhat longer papers and turn in a final assignment that revises and synthesizes their earlier writing.