Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2024



Course Number

DIPL 4253 WB

Course Description

This course addresses one of the central challenges in post-conflict recovery, how to rebuild a viable economy that is able to meet the basic needs of the state and society. This course examines the economic consequences of civil wars and how states and international organizations have responded to the challenges of rebuilding post-conflict societies in light of weak national political institutions and economies with limited options. Students will appraise the possible tradeoffs that exist in forming governments that can protect property rights, reconstituting viable economies, and promoting peace across national territories. In evaluating the role of international actors (through foreign aid and the role of the IMF and World Bank), our aim is to examine approaches (prior and current) so as to develop and propose more optimal policies that mitigate these tradeoffs.