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2017/2018

Conflict and Cooperation in the East

Type: Optional course (university)
When: 2, 3 module
Instructors: Andrey Chuprygin
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is aimed at guiding participants in development and improvement of research skills (analytical, heuristic, creative, etc.) and deepening their knowledge of history and political science methodology related to conducting, structuring and framing of a successful Bachelor degree research and completing of a Bachelor thesis. A special attention is paid to advanced examination of history and political science research specificities, challenges, logic and the structure with a focus on their performance in researching history, background and logic of development and transformation of conflicts and cooperation in the East. The course introduces classical and cutting-edge trends in conflicts studies methodology and ways of their application to a Bachelor research. The course implies a detailed analysis of the main trends in conflicts and terrorism studies with special emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Islamic modus operandi, exploring the key techniques of effective collecting and analyzing various data, as well as theoretical and practical support of the paper completion process.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Equip Bachelor degree programme students with theoretical and methodological instruments for conducting theoretical and applied research in the field of Conflicts and Cooperation codes and traditions in the East
  • Advance critical and independent thinking
  • Evaluate students’ own standpoints on the research problem
  • Enhance the students’ competence in recognizing and creating the balanced structure and contents of the thesis in Asian Studies as well as in assessing own research as a holistic work, its place in the field of study and contribution to it, its perspectives and challenges
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Defines the basic principles, special features, challenges and key components of the contemporary research in Conflicts and Cooperation (C&C) the East
  • Identifies and explains the classical and cutting-edge trends in the field of study and different theoretical approaches to exploring the chosen research subject in (C&C)
  • Adequately uses instruments of the contemporary history and political science methodology in conducting the Bachelor degree research in (C&C)
  • Does various types of research work in Asian Studies in compliance with the objectives and tasks of the study and formal requirements of the Bachelor theses in the field
  • Identifies main nature of conflicts in the East and create a balanced understanding of the possible future venues in development of conflicts in the regional arena
  • Professionally works with literature and different types of information resources, applies contemporary techniques of effective collecting and analysing various data to own research work
  • Distinguishes between different types of conflict, identifies and analyses the parties and interests involved
  • Recognises and follows the main ideas and principles of scientific culture, to structure thoughts on the subject of study with the use of suitable scientific language
  • Works effectively on the research project (essay) as both an individual researcher and a member of the expert group / team of the researchers
  • Critically assesses own written works (essays), oral presentations during seminars and explanations as well as research activity and performance of the colleagues, makes references of the others’ work
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Typology of Conflicts
    A typology approach attempts to classify conflicts into predictable groups or patterns. Data conflicts arise when information is lacking, differently interpreted or withheld. · Interest conflicts occur when there are actual or perceived scarce resources such as physical assets (money or other tangible things), procedural issues (how decisions should be made) or psychological issues (who is in the wrong emotionally). · Value conflicts erupt when people have different ways of life, deeply rooted goals or varying criteria on how to evaluate behaviors. · Relationship conflicts prosper in environments of strong emotions, stereotypes, poor communication and historic negative patterns. · Structural conflicts result from structural inequities in control, ownership, power, authority or geographic separation.
  • Contemporary Regional Conflicts
    Why do large-scale violent conflicts occur? Can specific causes of conflict be identified? The search for the origin of violent conflict has long occupied political scientists. Nowadays, the issue has also become relevant for policy-makers and the public at large, as diplomatic, humanitarian and military interventions into violent conflicts around the world bring those crises to everyone?s doorstep. To make such interventions successful, to prevent future outbursts of violence and to contribute to a peaceful reconstruction of society, accurate knowledge on the origin of these conflicts is indispensable.
  • Conflicts in the Middle East
    Conflicts in the Middle East. History of the Subject. Arab-Israeli Crisis. Theory of the Permanent Conflict and Practices of Resolution. Economic, Social and Psychological Evolution. Stereotypes and Phenomena of Perception: Mirror Image, Dehumanizing the Enemy, Manipulation of Subconscious. “Lost Generation”, Arab Spring, Rise of Religious Factor, ISIS and “New State Building”.
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
    Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. Understanding Terrorism. 4 Waves of Terrorism. Terror Groups and “Lone Wolf” Phenomena. Radicalization and De-radicalization. Foreign Fighters and World Security Issues. Internal and External Conflicts in Islam. Origins of Islamic Extremism.
  • Terror Networks
    Terror Networks. Syria, Lebanon and the Horn of Africa: the Economics of Al-Qaeda Franchise. Hezbollah and Hamas: Political Experiment with Grave Consequences. Islamic State (ISIS): Roots, Methods and Prospects. “Third Parties” in Terror Networks.
  • Territorial Conflicts in Asia-Pacific
    Territorial Conflicts in Asia Pacific. South China Sea in Political and Economic Contest. Issue of South Kuril Islands. Prospects of Resolutions.
  • Border Conflicts in SA and FE
    Border Conflicts in SA and FE. Indo-Pakistani Conflict. China-India Contest. Ethnic and Religious Factors. Border Conflict Between China and Vietnam 1979. Soviet – Chinese Hostilities and 2008 Conflict Resolution.
  • Unrecognised and Partially Recognised States; Independence Movements
    Unrecognized and Partially Recognized States; Independence Movements. Taiwan and Korea. Indonesia and East Timor. Sudan and “Islamic State”. Ethnic Separatism in India. China and Minorities Issues.
  • Ethnic and Religious Conflicts
    Ethnic and Religious Conflicts. Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma Civil War, Myanmar Hostilities between Muslim and Buddhist Communities 2012- 2013, escalation of Sunni-Shia Divide in the Middle East.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminars
  • non-blocking Esssay
    At the conclusion of the course an expository essay is submitted by the student, written on one of the subjects suggested by the instructor, or argued as relevant by the student.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.6 * Esssay + 0.4 * Seminars
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Fukuyama, F. V. (DE-588)119203685, (DE-627)080002129, (DE-576)168597780, aut. (2018). Identity contemporary identity politics and the struggle for recognition Francis Fukuyama. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.510289673
  • Resolving international conflict dynamics of escalation, continuation and transformation edited by Isabel Bramsen, Poul Poder and Ole Wæver. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1669612317

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Broers, L. V. (DE-588)1025900383, (DE-576)370886259, aut. (2013). Recognising politics in unrecognised states : 20 years of enquiry into the de facto states of the South Caucasus / Laurence Broers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.515148334
  • Brown, E. (2015). The Pathways to Terrorist Violence in Indonesia (al-Musarat ila al’unf al-irhabiyah fi Indonesia): A study of terror networks and radicalisation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.49BC64B1
  • Chuang, Y.-L., Ben-Asher, N., & D’Orsogna, M. R. (2019). Local alliances and rivalries shape near-repeat terror activity of al-Qaeda, ISIS and insurgents. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1904418116
  • De Sousa, J., Mirza, D., & Verdier, T. (2018). Terror networks and trade: Does the neighbor hurt? European Economic Review, (C), 27. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.eecrev.v107y2018icp27.56
  • Diminishing conflicts in Asia and the Pacific / edited by Robin Jeffrey, Edward Aspinall, Anthony Regan. (2012). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.354547925
  • Meyerle, J. (DE-588)1038603943, (DE-576)392670232. (2014). Nuclear weapons and coercive escalation in regional conflicts [Elektronische Ressource] : lessons from North Korea and Pakistan / Jerry Meyerle. With contr. from Ken Gause . Arlington/Va: CNA. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.444959122
  • Narlikar, A. V. (DE-588)143232150, (DE-627)643811826, (DE-576)186970951, aut. (2019). Regional powers’ rise and impact on international conflict and negotiation China and India as global and regional player Amrita Narlikar. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1670557022
  • Orji, C. (2008). Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa : An Analysis of Bias, Decline, and Conversion Based on the Works of Bernard Lonergan. Milwaukee, Wis: Marquette University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=275192
  • Stock, N. V. (DE-588)1193502136, (DE-627)1672169593, aut. (2019). There is no “status quo” drivers of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Nathan Stock ; Middle East Institute. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1672170362
  • Territory and maritime issues in East Asia Masaharu Yanagihara, Atsuko Kanehara, Monika Chansoria, Yoshiko Yamasaki, June Teufel Dreyer. (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1662859910