This is an advanced foundation course on international relations and international reconciliation. How do states or groups come to terms with former adversaries after conflict?
What explains their successes or failures? Are there different ways in which they make reconciliation? What shapes the different forms of reconciliation? These are some of the central questions this course will address as it examines various cases of reconciliation, successful or failed, in the contemporary world. It seeks to shed light on important socio-political forces that facilitate or impede reconciliation as it critically engages various theories of reconciliation. Cases may include, but are not limited to, France-Algeria, Japan-Korea, Germany-Poland, Germany-Czech, Rwanda, and East Timor. Students are encouraged to examine other cases.