Certificate of Advanced Study in Postconflict Reconstruction

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The CAS in Postconflict Reconstruction (PCR) is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary, law and policy studies program for postgraduate students preparing for careers in PCR, peace building, humanitarian relief, and development. Courses and research cover the rule of law, conflict studies, economics, capacity-building, and international security.

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One of a few programs of its kind in the US—the CAS in PCR familiarizes graduate and law students with the major aspects of PCR, the dimensions and goals of postconflict work, the actors who conduct it, their trade-offs and dilemmas, and the lessons learned from its application.

Like other INSCT programs, the CAS in PCR is multidisciplinary and broad in scope. Students are exposed to a range of topics that include reconciliation and peacebuilding; disarmament, demilitarization, and reintegration; security, rule of law, and governance reform; and development economics. These topics are covered by courses held across SU’s campus, including those in the anthropology, law, public administration and international affairs, and economics departments.

All students are required to complete an innovative core course—Fundamentals of Postconflict Reconstruction—taught by experts and practitioners in conflict analysis and resolution from the Maxwell School. An important requirement of this certificate, MPA students also participate in a capstone project related to PCR.

Who Can Apply

This certificate is available to graduate and law students currently matriculated at Syracuse University.

Areas of Specialization

David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series

An additional, unique aspect of INSCT’s CAS in PCR graduate program is the David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series, which brings established, widely known postconflict experts to SU to deliver a lecture and to meet with students in the certificate program.

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Course Options

Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes

1) Required Core Course

Fundamentals of Postconflict Reconstruction (PAI 719)

The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the main concepts of postconflict reconstruction, the various dimensions and goals of postconflict work, the types of actors that conduct it, the trade-offs and dilemmas they face, and the lessons learned from its application across various settings.

The course will devote considerable attention to the applied side of postconflict reconstruction; that is, the techniques and tools used by international intermediaries (states, IOs, and NGOs), as well as local stakeholders, to transition societies from violence to sustainable peace. It will also address many of the key issues that frame the debate in postconflict reconstruction work:

  • The tension between externally and internally generated recovery efforts.
  • The possibilities and weaknesses of formal peace and reconciliation commissions.
  • The challenges of civilian-military cooperation in postconflict zones.
  • The trade-offs between stability and liberty.
  • The quest for viable exit strategies for international actors.

In the first half of each class, students will meet in plenary session for a formal lecture given by a member of the faculty team or by a guest speaker either from within the Maxwell School or from the applied world of postconflict recovery. During the second half of each class students will meet in their respective course section for discussion of weekly readings and small group work. Offered by Catherine Bertini and Renée de Nevers.

2) Secondary Required Core Course—choose one course from the following:

Economics of Development (ECN 651/PAI 757)

This course familiarizes students with a variety of alternative theories on what causes (or hinders) economic development. Different strategies and outcomes from a variety of settings will be presented and discussed. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of international, national, sectoral, local, and household-level issues related to economic development and the language used by economists to discuss these issues. Special attention will be given to the following research questions:

  • Are there differences between economic growth and economic development?
  • What are the environmental implications of economic development?
  • How are industrial/urban needs balanced against agricultural/rural needs?

Offered by John McPeak. For more information, click here.

Foreign Relations Law (LAW 871)

This seminar examines history, doctrine, and policy involving US engagements with foreign governments, organizations, and individuals. The focus will be the historical development and contemporary negotiation of diverse legal orders, subjects, and spheres of action implicated in contemporary foreign relations. Economic relations will occupy much of our attention. Central questions include:

  • With what method does the US negotiate its coexisting obligations under conventional, customary, constitutional, statutory, and administrative legal orders?
  • What roles do legal subjects such as legislatures, executives, courts, agencies, non-state entities, non-governmental organizations, and multinational corporations play in ordering foreign relations?
  • How do the foregoing methods and roles differ across contexts of war, occupation, aid, trade sanctions, finance, and migration?

By both canvassing and critiquing foreign relations history, law, and policy, students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required for analysis and argument within this complex field.

Fundamentals of Conflict Studies (PAI/SOC 601)

This course provides students with a broad overview of the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, introduces them to faculty and the work they are doing in this field, and helsp them to develop a framework for diagnosing and responding to conflicts within their own area of interest.

Over the course of the semester we will explore the diverse range of theories of social conflict found across social science disciplines. Of particular interest will be the uncovering how our theories about the nature of social conflicts result in our making particular choices about which conflict resolution activities make sense under which conditions. Relying on a number of guest speakers, documentaries, and group projects, we will consider how conflict manifests across multiple topics and levels of analysis. Offered by Bruce Dayton.

Humanitarian Action: Challenges, Responses, Results (PAI 765)

This course will examine major humanitarian activities worldwide since 1992, including disasters caused by nature and by man, such as conflicts and major economic stress. While the course will be organized around those themes, it also will …

  • Discuss key challenges for women and children, refugees, and displaced peoples.
  • Review the involvement of governments, UN agencies, NGOs, militaries, donors, the press, and others.

Multimedia presentation will include books, articles, and videos. Students will be graded on class participation, presentations, and written reports. Offered by Catherine Bertini.

Multilateral Peacekeeping (ANT/PAI 701)

Peacekeeping has become an increasingly important area of international action. In this seminar we will consider how this situation came about and the current challenges that face multilateral peacekeeping. This seminar has two interconnected sets of activities:

  • The first involves the history, theory and practice of peacekeeping; the high points in the development of peacekeeping; and social and cultural perspectives on peace operations.
  • The second activity is research leading to the preparation of a white paper dealing with an aspect of peacekeeping. The papers may be individual projects or conducted jointly by up to three participants. Several developmental milestones for preparing the white paper occur throughout the semester.

Taught in New York City and Syracuse.

3) PCR Internship/Capstone Project (3 credits):

IR students: Global Internship Experience (PAI 670/690/711/715)
MPA students: MPA Workshop (PPA 752)
EMPA/EMIR students: Executive Master’s Project (PPA 996)
Law/other graduate students: Experience Credit (PPA/LAW 670)

INSCT will work together with all CAS-PCR students and their graduate programs to meet their internship/capstone requirements. Even as INSCT expands its relationships with PCR organizations to establish regular internships for CAS students, it is the students’ primary responsibility for finding a suitable internship and working with INSCT and graduate program staff as early as possible.

4) Elective Courses—choose one course from the following:

Elective course descriptions (CAS in PCR)

NOTE: Elective courses change each semester.

Application Deadlines

DEGREE PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE
MPA, IR, MPA/IR December 15th (1st Sem., 1st year)
JD, JD/MPA, JD/IR, JD/(other joint) December 15th (1st Sem., 2L year)
Other Graduate (1 or 2 year program) December 15th (1st Sem., 1st year)

NOTE: If you have missed the deadline or think you may be eligible for the certificate, please contact Lisa Pritchard at the INSCT office.

Contact

Lisa Pritchard Lisa Pritchard
300 Dineen Hall
College of Law
lmpritch@law.syr.edu
315.443.2284
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