Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe

Course Description: 

The goals of the course are to impart upon students both a theoretical and practical understanding of issues surrounding conflict management. The course begins with concepts and definitions of minorities, ethnic groups, and nations. We then consider how these fuel social movements by exploring the factors, actors and processes associated with the emergence of both nationalist and ethnic conflict, and more recently, populist movements. In subsequent weeks, we review the ways in which these movements have shaped states of the region as well as strategies undertaken by the international community to reduce tensions associated with these movements—in both historical and contemporary Europe. Third and finally, we assess the use of conflict management principles utilized by policy makers to manage these tensions.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
✓ Distinguish the causal logics of competing theories of ethnic conflict
✓ Identify the drivers of populism and nationalism
✓ Undertake comparative analysis of conflict management across cases
✓ Identify the origins and dynamics of specific cases of conflict
✓ Critically evaluate competing solutions for conflict management
✓ Offer policy recommendations for designing regional security regimes



(1) Midterm Exam (30%)

(2) Final Exam (40%)

(3) Class Participation (10%)

(4) Team Presentations (20%)