Intervention, Statebuilding and Sovereignity

Course NameIntervention, Statebuilding and Sovereignity
Course CodePOS371
DescriptionThe course provides a broad understanding of intervention in troubled societies. It looks at how a coalition of states intervene and then rebuild, rehabilitate conflict-ridden states like Afghanistan. An interesting phenomenon in the case of Afghanistan was the establishment of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) where experts and security forces from a single or a few countries carry out reconstruction works. This was the first time such teams were formed. International statebuilding efforts however, quite often, do not yield desired results. Through this course, the students will understand and will be able to analyze the sovereignty paradox emerging as a result of intervention. They will comprehend how understanding sovereignty or a state as ‘a thing out there’ has ontological and epistemological consequences. Students will be able to understand the limits and shortcomings of international, the UN and the OECD statebuilding efforts. The course focuses on the history of intervention, statebuilding and addresses contemporary issues and debates vis-à-vis statebuilding practices along with the notion of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) enacted and enforced by the UN. Students will learn about modern warfare and surveillance technologies like drones and comprehend how their use give a new dimension to intervention and their implications on legal and political sovereignity.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Fully comprehend the content of Intervention, Sovereignty and Statebuilding;
– Analyze and assess the statebuilding efforts in different countries;
– Understand and efficiently utilize various theoretical approaches;
– Grasp the role of international governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in intervention and statebuilding;
– Develop critical thinking; – Refine their research/ academic writing skills;
– Interpret and analyze relevant data.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS