Here are some questions that we will try to answer in class, based on the Mueller, Kalyvas, Collier & Hoeffler, and Kaldor readings:
- How has the nature of warfare changed (or has it) over the course of the last 70 years or so? Provide evidence from at least four sources.
- Comparatively assess the arguments of Collier & Hoeffer, Kalyvas, Mueller, and Kaldor. What are some commonalities? Divergence of opinion?
- What are the policy implications–from a humanitarian perspective–of taking each of the authors’ arguments seriously? Discuss.
Collier & Hoeffler (2004) “Greed and Grievance in Civil War
- Define `greed’ and `grievance’ in the context of the analysis of rebellion/civil war.
- What are the types of causal mechanisms that each term implies?
- What do C & L mean by `opportunity’?
- Based on the statistical results, what conclusion do C & L draw regarding the causes of the onset of rebellion?
- What is the analytical importance of diaspora communities?
- How important are ethnic grievances in fomenting rebellion?
. Mueller (2000) The Banality of `Ethnic War’
- Why does Mueller put the words ethnic war in scare quotes in the title?
- What does Mueller mean when he says that ethnic war is `banal?’
- What evidence does Mueller use to support his main argument(s)?
- According to Mueller, what are the stages of ethnic war and ethnic cleansing?
- What is `ethnic cleansing’?
- Did ethnicity play any role in the inter-ethnic violence in Yugoslavia and Rwanda? Continue reading “New and Old Wars Reading Questions”