The purpose of the course
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the dynamics of post-conflict environments of societies emerging from war and the role of state and non-state actors in the post-conflict reconstruction and peace building enterprise.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to;
1. Clarify the concept of post-conflict reconstruction and its implications on post-conflict peace building
2. Determine the rationale and goal of post-conflict reconstruction.
3. Evaluate the theoretical approaches to post-conflict peace building.
4. Assess the efficacy of the various programs/interventions employed to strengthen and solidify peace in a post-conflict context.
5. Analyse specific case studies of post-conflict countries.
6. Analyse the role of state and non-state actors in post-conflict reconstruction
Conceptual clarifications including conflict, peace, conflict resolution, conflict management, reconciliation, the conflict cycle, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction; the rationale of post-conflict reconstruction, state building and nation building, the phases of post-conflict reconstruction, the liberal peace building paradigm, timing and sequencing of post-conflict interventions, DDR and security sector reforms, transitional justice and the role of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commissions, the role of the civil society in post-conflict reconstruction, and gender issues in post-conflict reconstruction. The course will extensively use of case studies for each topic.