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Ethno-Political Conflicts in the Caucasus - JMM130
Anglický název: Ethno-Political Conflicts in the Caucasus
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018 do 2018
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:kombinovaná
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 15 / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (16.09.2019)
Ethno-political conflicts are not a phenomenon peculiar to the region of the Caucasus, but they became part of the region’s post-Soviet history following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In this context, this one-semester course sheds light on key aspects of ethno-political conflicts in the region by combining an understanding of major concepts and theories of ethno-political conflict initiation and separatism with an analysis of the case studies of Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The course will also draw attention to latent hotspots of ethno-political tensions across the region.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (16.09.2019)

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with some key theories and concepts on ethno-political conflict drawing particualar attention to the post-Soviet Caucasus region. In addition, the course seeks to encourage students on carrying out research on particular aspects that draw their interest in the literature and during the semiar discussions.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (16.09.2019)

REQUIREMENTS

1)    Attendance is mandatory as the course is designed a saseminar where substantial student participation is needed.

2)    For each class, a position paper of around 300 words should be prepared. Position papers should address reading for particular class. They should be done individually not as a group effort.

3)    To the 12th week’s class, a final paper of around 2500 words should be submitted to the lecturer.

4)    Active class participation –10%, mid-term test –30%, position papers –30% and final paper -30%.  

EVALUATION 

A - "výborně - A" - "excellent - A"
B - "výborně - B" - "excellent - B"
C - "velmi dobře - C" - "very good - C"
D - "velmi dobře - D" - "very good - D"
E - "dobře - E" - "good - E"
F - "neprospěl/a - F" - "fail - F"

For more detail on evaluation system see the Dean´s provision https://www.fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-172018aj

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (16.09.2019)

1.    Introduction to the course

·      Syllabus

·      Cornell,Small Nations and Great Empires: A study of ethno-political conflict in the Caucasus <https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/podzim2012/MVZ208/um/35586974/Small_Nations_and_Great_Powers__A_Study_of_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_in_the_Caucasus__.pdf> (Chapters 1 and 2)

Further reading(s)

·      Frederik Coene’s The Caucasus(Introduction chapter, see SIS). 

 

2.    Understanding main concepts: identity, ethnicity, nationalism

·      Howard, ‘Social Psychology of Identities’ in <http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2009-08UVM-300/docs/others/2000/howard2000a.pdf>

Further reading(s)

·      Eriksen, ‘Ethnicity vs Nationalism’ in <http://www.hyllanderiksen.net/Ethnnat.pdf>

 

3.    Defining ethno-political conflict

·       Gilley, ‘Against the Concept of Ethnic Conflict’,<https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/fs/pnorris/Acrobat/stm103%20articles/Gilley_Concept_ethnic_conflict.pdf>

Further reading(s)

·       Varshney, ‘Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict’, <http://ashutoshvarshney.net/wp-content/files_mf/varshneyethnicityandethnicconflict.pdf>

 

4.     Theorizing the causes of ethno-political conflicts and separatism

·       Suleimanov, ‘Understanding ethno-political conflict’ in <https://www.academia.edu/9069750/Souleimanov_Emil_A._Understanding_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_Karabakh_Abkhazia_and_South_Ossetia_Wars_Reconsidered_Basingstoke_Palgrave_Macmillan_2013>

Further reading(s)

·       Siroky, ‘Explaining Secession’ in <http://davidsiroky.faculty.asu.edu/Siroky2011EXPSECpreprint.pdf>

·       Brown, G., ‘Development and conflict: theoretical and empirical linkages’, Securing Peace: State-building and Economic Development in post Conflict Countries, (2011), 53-70.

 

5.    Escalation in ethno-political conflict 

·       Carment & James, ‘Escalation in Ethnic Conflict: A Survey & Assessment’ in <https://dornsifecms.usc.edu/assets/sites/429/docs/Escalation_of_Ethnic_Conflict_-_A_Survey_and_Assessment.pdf>

 

Further reading(s)

·       Oliveira, ‘A discussion of Rational and Psychological Decision-making Theories and Models’, in <http://ejbo.jyu.fi/pdf/ejbo_vol12_no2_pages_12-17.pdf> 

·       MIT Security Studies Program, in <http://ssp.mit.edu>

 

6.     Reconciliation in ethno-political conflict

·      Bloomfield et al (eds.), ‘Reconciliation after violent conflict’, in <http://www.un.org/en/peacebuilding/pbso/pdf/Reconciliation-After-Violent-Conflict-A-Handbook-Full-English-PDF.pdf> (Part Two)

Further reading(s)

·      Kaufman, S., ‘Escaping the Symbolic Politics Trap: Reconciliation Initiatives & Conflict Resolution in Ethnic Wars’, Journal of Peace Research, 43/2 (2006), 201-218.

 

7.     Mid-term test

 

8.     Case study I - the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: the causes & escalation   

·      Cornell,Small Nations and Great Empires: A study of ethno-political conflict in the Caucasus <https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/podzim2012/MVZ208/um/35586974/Small_Nations_and_Great_Powers__A_Study_of_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_in_the_Caucasus__.pdf> (Chapter 3)

Further reading(s)

·       Suleimanov, ‘Understanding ethno-political conflict’ in <https://www.academia.edu/9069750/Souleimanov_Emil_A._Understanding_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_Karabakh_Abkhazia_and_South_Ossetia_Wars_Reconsidered_Basingstoke_Palgrave_Macmillan_2013>, (Chapter 4, parts on Karabakh).

·       German, T., ‘The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia: Security Issues in the Caucasus’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 32/2 (2012), 216-229.  

 

9.     Case study I - the South Ossetia conflict: the causes & escalation   

·      Cornell,Small Nations and Great Empires: A study of ethno-political conflict in the Caucasus <https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/podzim2012/MVZ208/um/35586974/Small_Nations_and_Great_Powers__A_Study_of_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_in_the_Caucasus__.pdf> (Chapter 4)

Further reading(s)

·       Suleimanov, ‘Understanding ethno-political conflict’ in <https://www.academia.edu/9069750/Souleimanov_Emil_A._Understanding_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_Karabakh_Abkhazia_and_South_Ossetia_Wars_Reconsidered_Basingstoke_Palgrave_Macmillan_2013>, (Chapter 4, parts on South Ossetia).

·       Tuathail, G., ‘Russia’s Kosovo: a critical geopolitics of the august 2008 war over South Ossetia’, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 49/6 (2013), 670-705 

 

10.  Case study I - the Abkhazia conflict: the causes & escalation   

·      Cornell,Small Nations and Great Empires: A study of ethno-political conflict in the Caucasus <https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/podzim2012/MVZ208/um/35586974/Small_Nations_and_Great_Powers__A_Study_of_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_in_the_Caucasus__.pdf> (Chapter 4)

Further reading(s)

·       Suleimanov, ‘Understanding ethno-political conflict’ in <https://www.academia.edu/9069750/Souleimanov_Emil_A._Understanding_Ethnopolitical_Conflict_Karabakh_Abkhazia_and_South_Ossetia_Wars_Reconsidered_Basingstoke_Palgrave_Macmillan_2013>, (Chapter 4, parts on Abkhazia).

·       Gerrits, A., Bader, M., ‘Russian Patronage over Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Implication for Conflict Resolution’, East European Politics, 32/3 (2016), 297-313.

 

11.  Cases of latent ethnic conflict in the region 

·       Azerbaijani & Armenian minorities in Georgia, in <https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/caucasus/georgia/georgia-s-armenian-and-azeri-minorities >

·       Avar, Lezghin and Talysh minorities in Azerbaijan, in <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/briefing_note/join/2014/522341/EXPO-AFET_SP(2014)522341_EN.pdf> (Part on Azerbaijan)

·       Yazidis, Russian & other minorities in Armenia, in <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/briefing_note/join/2014/522341/EXPO-AFET_SP(2014)522341_EN.pdf> (Part on Armenia)

·       Ingush Ossetian Conflict, in <https://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/1996/Russia.htm>

·       Matevosyan, V., Currie, B., ‘A conflict that did not happen: visiting the Javakhk affair in Georgia’, Nation and Nationalism(2018), 1-21.

 

12.  Concluding seminar

·       Kaufman, ‘Possible to Impossible Solutions to Ethnic Civil Wars’, in <http://www.columbia.edu/itc/sipa/U6800/readings-sm/Kaufmann_PossibleImpossibleSolns.pdf>

Further reading(s)

·       Murshed, S. M., ‘Peace-building and social contract’, Securing Peace: State-building and Economic Development in post Conflict Countries, (2011), 71-86.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (16.09.2019)

The course is seminar-based which means that the lecturer will open up the discussion on the reading material of the week by laying out the main concepts and questions which will be followed by students' interventions and analytical discussions. 

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

Ethno-political Conflicts in the Caucasus (JMM 130)

 

Adrian Brisku

Department of Russian & East European Studies, Charles University 

 

https://cuni.academia.edu/adrianBrisku

adrian.brisku@fsv.cuni.cz

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Ethno-political conflicts are not a phenomenon peculiar to the region of the Caucasus, but they became part of the region’s post-Soviet history following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In this context, this one-semester course sheds light on key aspects of ethno-political conflicts in the region by combining an understanding of major concepts and theories of ethno-political conflict initiation and separatism with an analysis of the case studies of Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The course will also draw attention to latent hotspots of ethno-political tensions across the region.  

 

A.    COURSE DESIGN 

1.    Introductiontothecourse

2.    Understanding the main concepts: identity, ethnicity, nationalism

3.    Defining ethno-political conflict 

4.    Theorizing the causes of ethno-political conflict and separatism

5.    Escalation of ethno-political conflict 

6.    Reconciliation in ethnic conflict 

7.    Midterm test 

8.    Case study I – the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: causes & escalation  

9.    Case study II – the South-Ossetia conflict: the causes & escalation

10.  Case study III – the Abkhazia conflict: the causes & escalation 

11.  Cases of latent ethnic conflict in the region

12.  Concluding seminar

 
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