Presented as an essay, the case study will examine a major conflict that is either ongoing or that ended in the post-Cold war era. It should be approximately 3000 words in length, and may be NO MORE than 10% (300 words) more or less than this.
Choosing your case study
Your choice of case study is entirely up to you, but examples of relevant conflicts are:
South Africa, Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Cyprus, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Libya, Syria. Note that you may examine an individual country (e.g. Bosnia) or region (e.g. The Balkans).
Since many conflicts are highly complex and long-lasting, it is perfectly acceptable to concentrate on a particular phase, rather than trying to deal with the whole conflict.
You must ensure that one of the tutors approves your case study in advance.
Aims of the case study
The case study is an in-depth analysis. We are expecting a critical examination (searching, balanced, objective, reflective) of the following elements of the conflict and its (ongoing, successful or failed) resolution:
the origins and principal causes of the conflict
the main, direct participants in the conflict
the indirect participants in the conflict
d) its attempted resolution, and the nature of the conflict resolution process in this case
e) an assessment of the relative success or failure of the conflict resolution process to achieve its objectives
f) an attempt to explain why conflict resolution succeeded, failed or is still ongoing
The above list might form a suitable structure for the case study.
N.B. What is being looked for is NOT simply a descriptive account of a conflict and its history, but an analytical case study of attempts at its resolution – e.g. answering questions such as: Why was a particular form of conflict resolution chosen? Why did it succeed/fail? What other options could be/could have been tried?