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17.582 Civil War, Spring 2005

Civilians in south Sudan flee that country's civil war.

No refuge. Civilians in south Sudan flee that country's civil war, now in its twentieth year. (Image by Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures. Courtesy of National Institutes of Health.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive readings section.

Course Description

This course surveys the social science literature on civil war. It studies the origins of civil war, discusses variables affecting duration, and examines termination of conflict. This subject is highly interdisciplinary and covers a wide variety of cases, although with concentration on various Balkan civil wars.


Prof. Roger Petersen

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session




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