Civil society or the arena of autonomous associational organization
and activity has been credited with promoting various virtuous
outcomes, including democratization, development, and social peace.
This course critically surveys civil societies’ roles in peacemaking
and peace building. It will explore theoretical controversies on the
nature and roles of civil society as well as specific examples of
conflict interventions by civic associational groups. These examples
will draw from case studies and experiences from around the world,
including Ashutosh Varshney’s scholarly work on Hindu-Muslim conflict
and civic life in India, the practical work of The Imam and the Pastor
in Nigeria, and civil society’s role as a potential catalyst for
managing Turkish-Armenian conflict over the Armenian genocide.
This course is offered during the first seven weeks of the term.