CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

Why in the beginning of the 21st century, despite the availability of the wide spectrum of peaceful means of managing international relations, states still fight costly wars? Why do countries and political leaders fail to achieve results in international negotiations? What does it mean to end a war, to end a conflict, to end a crisis? How to deal with asymmetry in international conflicts? How do international organizations contribute to the conflict management? What is the role of media and communications in shaping international conflict and crisis?

In answering these questions, this course will focus on theories relevant for understanding such concepts as crisis, conflict, and crisis management. The discussion based on case studies will enrich knowledge about the most important international crises and conflicts in the history of international affairs.