This class investigates the causes of civil wars and how international actors can manipulate their occurrences and outcomes from a strategic perspective. Main topics covered are bargaining over war, international intervention, and terrorism/insurgency.
An overview of civil wars and this class.
- Bargaining in the Shadow of War
Why does peace prevail most of the time?
- Information and War
Why might bargaining fail if one side knows more about its own strength than the other?
- Reputation and War
Might you want to fight to feign strength?
- Commitment Problems
How does shifting power affect bargaining?
Why are sanctions effective even when they appear decidedly ineffective?
- The Conflict Trap
Civil wars destroy economies, and destroyed economies are more likely to fight civil wars.
- Predation and Protection
Why do some governments prey on their people, and why doesn't the international community do more to stop it?
- The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement and Costly Signaling
How can lighting money on fire get you better outcomes?
- The American Civil War
What you've been told about the war needs some adjustment.
- Moral Hazard
Trying to stop wars might start more.
- Terrorism and Insurgency
Why do terrorists and insurgent get involved in civil wars?
What did we learn?
Lectures will appear on my YouTube channel Sunday-Thursday.
This is not a class on the American Civil War, though it is one of many civil wars that we will discuss.
This class has a mirror on YouTube.
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester specializing in international relations and formal modeling.