Utrecht, Netherlands

Contemporary Conflict Analysis: Actors, Issues & Technologies of 21st Century Warfare

when 19 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 860

Conflict management has become a prominent field of inquiry and practice in three main areas: scholarly, policy-oriented, and operational. In this setting, the course aims to enhance understanding of violent conflict and conflict management. The sessions deal with the recent cases of Afghanistan, Lebanon, Liberia, the Sudans, Sri Lanka and Uganda as illustrative examples, but also study other conflicts around the world. In addition, attention will be paid to the emergence of IS and the issue of refugees.

You will learn to map, analyse and frame contemporary conflict, and be introduced to theories that attempt to explain armed conflict. All this serves to sharpen your conceptual and analytical capacities to gain insight into a number of pertinent issues and tools in conflict analysis, conflict policy and conflict management. There are special sessions on the recurrence of conflict, religion as a factor in conflict, and state fragility, as these issues form prominent topics of debate in the current field of conflict studies. We also discuss how particular discourses elevate certain issues into a security problem by explaining the notion of securitisation and particular ‘frames’ on violence. In addition, attention is paid to post-conflict themes, such as peace- and state building, the effects of political and military power sharing between former belligerents, and reconciliation and justice in the wake of civil war. Finally, attention is paid to how rebels govern areas under their control.

Throughout the lectures, we introduce policy approaches and instruments to deal with conflict and/or attain peace. All participants receive an electronic reader with the course literature at the beginning of the course. The reader contains a number of scholarly, policy-oriented, and operational articles, as well as specific readings on the cases. The lecturers delivering this Summer Course are linked to the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS) of Utrecht University.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Georg Frerks

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a state-of-the art introduction on contemporary conflict, to review existing explanatory approaches and major policies and instruments of international conflict management.

Fee info

EUR 860: Course + course materials
EUR 350: Housing fee (optional)

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