PACS 3850 - International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Course uri icon



  • Provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of international conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Provides tools for analyzing and intervening in contemporary manifestations of violent social conflict. Argues for an approach to international affairs rooted in more nuanced understandings of the nature of violent conflict and its dynamics. Bases the quest to build sustainable peace not on military supremacy or coercive diplomacy, but rather the ability of states and peoples to work collaboratively to develop mutually beneficial solutions aimed at the satisfaction of basic needs, collective security, political representation, and respect for human dignity. Explores how international conflicts are mitigated, contained, and resolved through processes such as DDR (disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration), citizen diplomacy, and reconciliation. Recommended prerequisite: PACS 2500. Same as IAFS 3850.


  • English, Michael D  
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023