POL256 War in World Politics

The Changing Character of War Centre is an Interdisciplinary research centre for the study of change in armed conflict. We are part of the University of Oxford, based at Pembroke College and the Department of Politics and International Relations. In the context of statebuilding and peacebuilding, Catherine Barnes of Conciliation Resources examines changes in ‘the political settlement’ in war-to-peace transitions. The course will provide both an introduction to political theory and to key approaches to international relations.

Learn why the Allies won World War Two, why the US lost in Vietnam and how nuclear weapons affect international security. Explore the themes and issues which drive 21st-century world politics, on a course which takes in conflict, poverty, inequality and trade. Despite knowing this, we are not seeing the necessary progress in areas such as increasing the number of women in elected office, the funding of women candidates, the resourcing of women’s … Read More