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Instructor Class Description

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Scott B. Radnitz
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

This course deals with concepts and theories of state weakness, collapse, and failure. Students will discuss and debate whether state failure is a valid concept, why some states fail and others survive, how order can emerge within anarchy, and how external actors can prevent or reverse state failure. Cases will include Afghanistan, Somalia, and Central Africa, among others.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/10/2011