Thu, Sep 10

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin


  • Ch. 5, Peace Studies (Rogers, 61-73)


  • Articulate the main assumptions of peace studies
  • Explain how peace studies conceptualizes security
  • Describe peace studies' prescription(s) for security
  • Contrast peace studies to other covered approaches


  • Agenda for Peace (70)
  • Geneva Conventions (67)
  • Global War on Terror (67)
  • guerrilla (70)
  • power (69)
  • Pugwash (62)
  • prisoners of war (67)
  • UN Conference on the Human Environment (64)
  • structural violence (65)
  • Vietnam War (65)


Questions (72)

  1. What was the impetus for the development of peace studies in the 1950s and was it specific to that decade?
  2. Why was there bitter opposition to peace studies in the 1980s and does this provide general lessons for innovative areas of research?
  3. Is it possible for peace studies to be both analytical and normative or does this produce irresolvable tensions?
  4. Should peace researchers engage with policy-makers or should they concentrate on academic discourse?
  5. Should peace studies explore underlying causes of conflict or should its main emphasis be on more immediate responses to more specific conflict situations?
  6. Was the post-9/11 security paradigm of rigorous control of threats the appropriate response?
  7. How can peace research contribute to assessing whether climate change is a threat to international security?
  8. How have 24-hour news reporting and the development of new social media influenced the coverage of conflict?
  9. How do conflicts in the Middle East since 1990 relate to the control of oil and gas reserves?