Armed Conflict and Conflict Management

Course: Armed Conflict and Conflict Management (POL462-SA)
Credits: 3
Semester: summer
Location: Irbid, Jordan
Program: Arizona in Jordan

POL 462-SA - Armed Conflict and Conflict Management

This Arizona in Jordan course is designed to introduce the student to both conflict dynamics and the various approaches to managing and resolving conflict. Students will learn the basic approaches to understanding both inter- and intra-state conflicts and the various ways in which war is conducted. From this foundation, students will explore the different ways in which conflict is managed and resolved. The course will cover various conflicts, but will focus specifically on the Middle East. Given that the course is taught in Jordan, we will consider how different aspects of culture impact conflict onset and resolution.

The course consists of class discussions, in-class  group work, and individual research presentations (in lieu of a final research paper).  

Everyone will come away from this course with a better understanding of why conflict occurs, how it is carried out, and how it is managed and/or resolved. Students will be able to apply general theories to ongoing conflicts and not only define the dynamics at play, but offer solutions and recommendations for management and resolution.

Course Requirements:  Students are expected to complete the readings and come to class ready to participate. Class is meant to be a discussion and interaction, not a one-sided lecture. Students will work in groups outside of class on small assignments and conduct individual research on a conflict of their choosing, which will be presented at the end of the summer program.  (All readings will be made available online – there is no book purchase requirement)


*Prior experience with and knowledge of political science is not required to be successful in this course

International Conflict
    General IR theories about how the world works
Why do states fight?
Security, territory, and regionalization
Civil conflict
    Separatist movements
    Identity (religious, ethnic) conflicts
    Role of natural resources (oil, diamonds, water)

21st Century  Warfare
 “New Wars”

Impact of Force Design
    National militaries
    Paramilitaries and armed groups

Third Parties
    Humanitarian Intervention and Right to Protect (R2P
    Peacekeeping and the use of force
Management Strategies

Sources for Regulation/Resolution
    International law
    Dispute resolution organizations
    Peace treaties/ agreements

(photo above: landmine warning on border between Jordan and Israel)

NOTE: Political Science majors can receive up to $1,000 in airfare reimbursement for this program! See:




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