Course code EDS378A

EDS378A State building and conflict in fragile states. Case Afghanistan.

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Emneansvarlige: Gry Synnevåg
Medvirkende: Karim Rashid Ally Merchant
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for landskap og samfunn
Frekvens: Annually
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Undervises i periode:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Første gang: Studieår 2016-2017
Fortrinnsrett: M-IR
Undervises hvor?:
Emnets innhold:
Characteristics of fragile and conflict-affected states (2h); Historical, cultural background and social status of Afghanistan (2h +1h); Afghan State building (1h), Governance (2h), Sub-national governance (2h), Seminar (2h); Economic development - formal and informal economy (2h); Seminar (2h); Security and Development (2h), Stabilisation (2h), Conflict mitigation and peacebuilding (2h); Seminar (2h); Evolving dynamics of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations 1977 - present (2h); Regional geopolitics and its influence on development in Afghanistan and its relationship with neighbouring countries (2h+2h) Seminar (1h); Afghanistan 2015-2024 The Development Decade' (2h seminar).

With a growing number of Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCASs) impacting on regional stability of neighbouring nations, this course will examine the main characteristics of FCASs and provide students with a hands-on understanding of the complex issues surrounding the actual development of the Afghan state as an example. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the background to Afghan state building, economic development and security-related topics to a level at which students can knowledgeably engage with fellow practitioners, researchers, advisors and those interested in Afghanistan and the geo-political affairs of neighbouring countries. The course will also be of interest to those looking at the more practical issues facing conflict/post-conflict and fragile states, the involvement of external actors and western policies, realist theories in IR, from which general lessons can be drawn and applied elsewhere within IR and Development streams.

The course provides an understanding of key stakeholders involved in state building and explores current constraints to maintaining a stable and secure democratic Afghan state, the debates around development and security, the emergence of peace building as a substantive inter-disciplinary intervention and discusses key opportunities and challenges for longer term economic development and growth. Based upon this, the course touches upon geo-political issues impacting upon Afghanistan and ends with a review of the Transition Decade' (2015-2024) and its impacts, both on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and scenarios for the future. It will seek to present case studies to provide insight in actual problems and solutions followed by group work and student seminars to discuss and understand the practical complexities.

Lectures, seminars and groupworks
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting.
Selected books and articles. Will be posted in Fronter.
Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
General knowledge of international relations, undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences
Obligatorisk aktivitet:
Seminar attendance - 5 out of 6 seminars
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Final written examination (3h) counts 100% of the grade.
Internal and external examiners will be part of the evaluation.
Normert arbeidsmengde:
150 hours
A relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
13 lectures and 6 seminars
Eksamensdetaljer: En skriftlig eksamen: A - E / Ikke bestått