PPHA 44550: Weak States and International Relations

The course will begin with a review of the development of the modern state and the international system based on Westphalian concepts of state sovereignty. Then we will study the basic causes and consequences of weakness or fragility of states, and we will consider how the international system has responded to the challenges of weak states and failed states. The course will conclude with a focus on the search for better ways to support positive political development in weak or fragile states. Students will be expected to write a paper that applies ideas from the course to a current or historical situation. Co-taught with Michael Miklaucic. Autumn 2019. [Syllabus]. [Notes]


Past Courses

Economics 30200b: Price Theory IIb (Game theory)

Economics 30300a: Price Theory IIIa (Risk and information in games and markets)

Economics 20700: Game Theory

Economics 20600: Economics of Information

Economics 36101: Economic Models of Politics