POST CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION AND PEACE BUILDING AUGUST 2020
Beth Muthee

POST CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION AND PEACE BUILDING AUGUST 2020

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

 Course content

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.