Week 11: Lecture 21-22 (Due Monday, December 1, 12:00 midnight, Moscow Time)
Please answer only ONE of the following questions:
1. In Lecture 21, Professor Lapidus argues that the exacerbation of the conflict in Chechnya could have been prevented if the international community had availed itself to the «large range of instruments» it had at its disposal. Professor Stedman, on the other hand, voices fundamental doubts concerning the possibility of conflict prevention by the international community (Lecture 17). Focusing on the case of Chechnya, do you agree with Professor Lapidus' assesssment or with Professor Stedman's skepticism? Use evidence from the class material to support your answer.
2. Does the international community have a moral obligation to intervene whenever it can to prevent, stop, or mediate conflicts in the world? When its capacities are strained, how should it prioritize among all the conflicts around the globe that call for its attention and resources? In your answer, consider the cases discussed in the lectures (Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, and Rwanda) in terms of their «merit» for the intervention of the international community.