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Topics in World Politics (PSIR412)

This course is designed to develop awareness among senior level students for ethnic problems and regional conflicts that are of international concern. Case studies will be offered for examination and analysis from the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) the North Caucasus (Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Ingushetia) the South Caucasus (the republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) the Middle East and LEBANON (the Palestinian question the autonomous region of North Iraq), South Asia (Afghanistan and the Kashmir Question) and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and the former republic of Somalia). It is envisioned that students will gain a greater knowledge of the root causes concerned with ethnic disputes, as well as, problems confronted in solving ethnic issues, the progress or the lack of progress made in ending disputes and the impact of ethnic oriented conflicts on the people and the regions that are affected.

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