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Research Methods Lecture 19 Case Studies (I)

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Courtney Thomas

on 19 December 2016

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Transcript of Research Methods Lecture 19 Case Studies (I)

Conflict and Security Studies
VERY popular at the moment
What kinds of conflict?
Border disputes
Sub-national conflict
Civil war, genocide, ethnic cleansing, revolution, rebellion, etc.
Economic conflicts
Ethnic conflict
Religious conflict
What Kind of Fighting?
Established rules of war?
Official state military?
Militia groups?
Guerrilla warfare?
Civil war?
"State-sanctioned terrorism"?
Limited v. Total War?
Of Particular Interest...
Sub-Fields in Political Science
American Politics
Comparative Politics
Political Theory
International Relations
Political Economy

At Virginia Tech
National Security Studies
Legal Studies
Foreign Policy
What issues?
Analysis will often focus on the factors that impact a leader's foreign policy decision making process
Individual-level analysis
Not always the best level of analysis!
Research Methods
PSCI 2024
Winter 2016
Dr. Courtney Thomas
Lecture 19: Case Studies I

Sub-Fields in IS
Security Studies
World Politics and Policy
Environmental Affairs
Diplomacy Studies
And many, many more...
How does the structure of the government impact foreign policy decisions?
How does public opinion impact foreign policy?
What forms public opinion?
What special interests impact foreign policy?
These questions might be of particular interest to anyone considering a future in
National Security
CIA, FBI, NSA, etc.
Humanitarian work
Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, etc.
Foreign Policy
International institutions
How does the international community react to conflict?
Economic sanctions?
Humanitarian intervention?
Military intervention?
Laws and treaties that govern intervention?
How are conflicts resolved?
What is the role of the international community in conflict resolution?
What is the role of peacekeeping in conflict resolution?
How does this become operationalized in terms of real word examples?
Conflict Resolution
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