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This course introduces political-economic explanations of conflict and peace at various levels of analysis. This course presents the main economic dimensions of conflict, including economic factors contributing to conflict and the economic implications of conflict. This course also examines the economic consequences of war, conflict, military expenditures and peace; the economic aspects of moving from conflict to peace, in particular the relationship between conflict, security, and development.
The Conflict and Conflict Economics. The Economic Dimensions of Violence, War and Peace. Political Economic Theories. Rationalist Arguments. Causes of İnterstate and Civil Wars. The Economic Impacts of War and the Costs Of Peace. The Links Between Conflict, Poverty, and Development. Failed States. The Economics of Terrorism. Military Expenditure, Growth and Development. Arms Trade Offsets and Development. Political Instability. Arms Race. Peace Dividend. Cost of Conflict. Conscription. Cost of Conscription. Terrorism. Spatial Conflict Models.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Have a more complete knowledge of the complex relationship between economics, political instability; conflict and military expenditures.
2. Explain political economic issues relating to war, conflict and peace.
3. Utilize economic analysis to assess conflict issues in particular countries and situations.
4. Be able to apply theoretical and empirical economic analysis to the study of conflict, war and peace.
5. Demonstrate strong critical analytical skills.