Introduction to international Peace and Security (IPS)
Summer Course (Optional) 3rd July – 27th July 2017
Course Code: CPS-101
Centre for International Peace and Stability CIPS, NUST
Credit Hours: 2.0
1. Course Introduction and Objectives.
International Peace and Security has different connotation for different nations. Each country views security issues from its own peculiar geo-strategic and geo-political perspectives. Ever since the establishment of the UNO, it has been the most debated subject on the forums of the General Assembly and the Security Council. In the contemporary world wars, organized crime, pandemics, natural and manmade disasters and effects of climate change are recognized as major threats to regional and international security. Since these threats transcend national boundaries, today more than ever before, there is a demand for greater level of cooperation among countries, especially through regional and global multilateral cooperation.
From the academic point of view, a multidisciplinary approach is required to understand the causes and consequences of threats to national and international peace and security. Thus, there is a genuine relevance of the course for students of engineering, science and technology.
The course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills to critically understand and analyze complex contemporary issues in international peace and security. It will help students to understand both the theoretical and historical background of international politics, as well as the way the contemporary international order functions.
2. Course Outcomes.
After having gone through this course, it is expected that the students shall be able to:
a. Understand the nature of threats to global peace and stability with special reference to Pakistan.
b. Understand the role of international organizations and great powers in influencing the settlement of crises.
c. Understand impediments to cooperation among states.
3. Course Contents.
The following topics will be covered:
a. APPROACHES AND THEORIES OF PEACE & CONFLICT STUDIES
i. Theoretical approaches to understanding Conflict and Peace Building and International Relations
ii. Conflict analysis tools (hands on practice)
iii. Understanding terms such as: Use of Force, Diplomacy and Role of International Law
iv. Role of technology in modern warfare (cyber and drone warfare)
v. Relationship of national security/international security and foreign policy
vi. Contemporary Global Conflicts and Security Challenges
vii. Rethinking Security: Traditional and non-traditional perspectives
b. PEACE AND CONFLICT CHALLENGES FACING PAKISTAN AND ITS NEIGHBORHOOD
i. Pakistan’s counter terrorism campaign
ii. Roots of conflict between India and Pakistan – Kashmir issue and water sharing
iii. Political turmoil in the Muslim world including sectarian dimensions and its implications for international peace and stability
iv. Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces, impact on regional security and cooperation
c. POLITICS OF AID AND ROLE OF UN IN INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY
Dr Waqas Waheed