Assignment for this week:
Week 2: Lectures 2-3 (Due Tuesday, February 24 rd , 12:00 midnight Moscow time)
Please answer only ONE of the following two questions.
- There is a debate about what specific criteria should guide the UN intervention in violent conflicts. Some people argue that the UN should intervene intervene only in the easiest cases; others believe that it should intervene only when the number of casualties is “sufficiently” high; and a third opinion contends that only humanitarian crises merit UN intervention. Which of these positions do you agree with most? In your answer, briefly but explicitly address the advantages and disadvantages of each of the three alternatives.
- Some people argue that “early-stage” conflict management in ethnic and regional conflicts is cheaper and easier to implement as compared with “later-stage” conflict management. Do you agree or disagree? Justify your answer.
(Actually Inna started the discussion but had to create a new topic for it and move Inna's message to here)