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Faculty: Dara Kay Cohen
Why do civil wars begin? What motivates the members of armed groups, including terrorist organizations? When and how do civil wars end? What are the social and economic consequences of war? In this course, we will consider major questions about civil war, terrorism, and the use of violence by armed groups. We begin with a review of theoretical constructs, then turn to a series of debates drawn from recent research on the causes of civil wars, how insurgent and terrorist groups are organized, the dynamics of violence during wars, and the ways that wars are terminated. The course will conclude with an examination of policy responses and interventions.