NS4026 Capstone Seminar: Reconstruction of Civil Society

This course pulls together empirical, experiential and theoretical student learning in the post-conflict security building track. It explores multiple approaches to reconstruction and the conditions under which they tend to work in post-conflict transitions. Fundamental questions are addressed. From the perspective of international financial institutions, how can societies experiencing humanitarian emergencies make transition from relief to development? From the perspective of external actors, civilian and military, what patterns of interventions emerge in peace implementation? Considering perspectives of the host nation and external implementers of peace agreements, what are the costs and benefits of outside intervention? How can program responsibility shift effectively from military officials to civilians? What institutions and processes are vital to reconstruction of civil society, and how might military demobilization, reconstitution programs and police reform programs fit with those institutions and processes? How can indigenous stakeholders "own" the reconstruction in the face of outside intervention? Students participating in this course will share their insights from case analyses and build a data set for future students and researchers. Prerequisites: None.

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