PACS 322: Regional Approaches to Peace and Development
This courses discuses the different ways by which countries across the regions try to resolve conflicts and foster collaborative efforts towards development. Students study various methods countries use to address the longstanding issues and tensions among neighbors. They get an introduction to some of the theoretical ideas regarding region-based interaction. They learn how different realities allowed or compelled various groups to fashion strategies of confrontation, avoidance or cooperation. They study the implication of regional integration in ensuring peace and development and also look into the role of formal and informal regional institutions. Students are expected to gain a clear understanding of the different regional blocks in the world and where and how they stand in terms of world development and world peace. They will learn to compare and contrast approaches and explore the factors attributable for their success or failure.