Security, Peace & Conflict

This field is dedicated to the study of political violence – armed conflict both within and across state borders – and to the study of politics in the shadow of violence. We seek to understand the causes of armed conflict and violence, the conduct and consequences of the use of violence and coercion by state and non-state actors, and the conditions under which the peace and security of states, societies, groups and individuals can be protected. Toward these ends, we examine the policies and strategies used by states and other political agents – both domestic and international – to control, manage, contain or prevent the use of political violence.

First Field

Coursework
  • POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict
  • 3 courses selected from the Security, Peace & Conflict course listing
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between or among international actors
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between international actors and subnational or transnational actors, or among subnational and transnational actors
Qualifying Procedure

You will take a written exam at the end of your second year. This examination will assess whether or not you have attained a firm command of the literature in this field. Passing the written exam will normally complete the qualifying procedure. However, the committee may, at its discretion, administer an oral examination if it concludes that the written examination requires an oral defense.

Preliminary Examination

You will present a Security, Peace & Conflict field paper at the SPC workshop no later than the end of the first semester of the third year of graduate study. Your workshop presentation of your paper will serve as the oral portion of the preliminary examination. Faculty will meet right after the workshop to evaluate your performance and then meet with you. The committee administering the preliminary examination may pass you with distinction on the basis of both the qualifying written examination and the paper presentation and defense.

Second Field

  • POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict
  • 3 courses selected from the Security, Peace & Conflict course listing
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between or among international actors
    • At least 1 of the 3 courses must focus primarily on security, peace and conflict between international actors and subnational or transnational actors, or among subnational and transnational actors
Year of Study Typical Student Activities
Year 1

Summer, pre-matriculation

Fall

  • MATH 790-92 Calculus and other mathematical foundations
  • POLSCI 630 Probability and Basic Regression
  • POLSCI 633S Positive Political Theory
  • POLSCI 748 Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Electives selected from Security, Peace and Conflict course listing (optional)
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
     

Spring

  • POLSCI 631L Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena
  • Advanced methods course (recommended)
  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • POLSCI 760S Core Security, Peace, and Conflict
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
     

Summer

  • STA 230 Probability or higher level course
  • Lab work/research with faculty
  • Begin preparing for qualifying exam
Year 2

Fall and Spring

  • POLSCI 732 Research Design & Qualitative Methods
  • POLSCI 749S Advanced Game Theory
  • Electives selected from Security, Peace and Conflict course listing
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
  • Take qualifying examination at end of Spring semester
     

Summer

  • Finish prelim paper
  • Begin dissertation prospectus
Year 3

Fall

  • Defend prelim paper
  • Complete dissertation prospectus
  • Additional statistics or data science course(s) if needed
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
     

Spring

  • Defend prospectus
  • Submit prelim paper for publication
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
Year 4
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops
Year 5
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Expected attendance at Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshops

 

Number Title Codes
POLSCI 110 Comparative Approaches to Global Issues CCI, W, CZ, SS
POLSCI 159 Israel/Palestine: Comparative Perspectives CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 160D Introduction to Security, Peace and Conflict CCI, SS
POLSCI 160S Introduction to Security, Peace and Conflict CCI, SS
POLSCI 213SA Women and Gender in the Middle East CCI, EI, CZ
POLSCI 222 The Arab Youths Revolution CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 225S Research in International Policy Issues CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 227 Ethnic Conflict CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 228 Politics of Authoritarian Regimes CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 230 Networks in a Globalizing World R, SS
POLSCI 232 Introduction to Terrorism CCI, SS
POLSCI 233 Nuclear Weapons: US Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Global Proliferation STS, SS
POLSCI 234D Are Things Getting Better? The Question of Progress in World Affairs R, W, SS
POLSCI 237 Religion and Foreign Policy CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 250 The Politics of International Economic Relations: America in the World Economy CCI, SS
POLSCI 262 The Holocaust CCI, EI, STS, CZ
POLSCI 277D The Ethics of War: Self-Defense, Humanitarian Intervention, Terrorism and Law EI, SS
POLSCI 291-3 Sophomore/Junior Independent Study Security Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 294A Political Economy of Immigration CCI, SS
POLSCI 296A Germany Today: A European Superpower? Duke-in-Berlin CCI, FL, SS
POLSCI 297A Political Philosophy of Globalization CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 317 Global Corruption CCI, SS
POLSCI 321 International Law and International Institutions CCI, R, W, SS
POLSCI 322 Introduction to Middle East Politics CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 329S Politics in Violence R, W, SS
POLSCI 341S Business and Human Rights Advocacy Lab EI, R, W
POLSCI 343S The US Border and its Borderlands CCI, EI, W, CZ, SS
POLSCI 347 Globalization and Domestic Politics CCI, EI, R, SS
POLSCI 348 Global Environmental Politics SS
POLSCI 352S U.S. Policy in the Middle East CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 357S Refugee Policy and Practice (DukeImmerse) CCI, EI, QS, SS
POLSCI 358 Globalization and Public Policy R, SS
POLSCI 359S Social Engineering and Social Movements in Eastern Europe and Asia CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 361 Political and Criminal Armed Groups CCI, SS
POLSCI 362 International Security EI, STS, SS
POLSCI 363 International Human Rights in World Politics EI, SS
POLSCI 364 Political Violence, Repression, and Organized Crime CCI, SS
POLSCI 365D Foreign Policy of the United States CCI, SS
POLSCI 366 International Politics of East Asia CCI, SS
POLSCI 390-3 Special Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 390S-3 Special Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 391-3 Senior Independent Study in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 393-3 Sophomore/Junior Research Independent Study Security Peace and Conflict R
POLSCI 415 U.S-Russia Relations: 1991-2016 CCI, SS
POLSCI 428S International Conflict Resolution W, SS
POLSCI 445S Capstone Seminar: Russia-USSR-Russia: History of Communism CCI, EI, R, CZ, SS
POLSCI 493-3 Senior Research Independent Study in Security, Peace and Conflict R
POLSCI 543 Counterterrorism Law and Policy EI, R, SS
POLSCI 544 9/11: Causes, Response & Strategy EI, W, SS
POLSCI 547 Politics of United States Foreign Policy EI, R, SS
POLSCI 555S The Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy R, SS
POLSCI 561S Problems in International Security R, SS
POLSCI 562S American Grand Strategy R, W, CZ, SS
POLSCI 590-3 Intermediate Topics in Security, Peace, and Conflict
POLSCI 590S-3 Intermediate Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 642S Global Inequality Research Seminar CCI, R, ALP, SS
POLSCI 650S Political Economy of International Relations R, SS
POLSCI 651S Theories of International Political Economy SS
POLSCI 658S Political Economy of Terrorism SS
POLSCI 659S Civil Wars CCI, EI, R, SS
POLSCI 660S Theories of International Conflict R, SS
POLSCI 662S Problems in International Politics CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 663S Energy and U.S. National Security CCI, EI, W, SS
POLSCI 664S Leaders, Nations, and War CCI, R, W, SS
POLSCI 665S Theory and Practice of National Security R, STS, W, SS
POLSCI 667S American Civil-Military Relations R, SS
POLSCI 668S Theory and Practice of International Security R, SS
POLSCI 670S Contemporary United States Foreign Policy EI, R, SS
POLSCI 682S Legal Analysis for Development Governance CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 690-3 Advanced Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 690S-3 Advanced Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 724 Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Security, Peace and Conflict
POLSCI 760S Core in Security, Peace and Conflict (SP)
POLSCI 763S Foundational Scholarship in International Relations
POLSCI 773 Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict I
POLSCI 774 Workshop in Security, Peace, and Conflict II
POLSCI 890-3 Security, Peace and Conflict