This course component will examine the role of the international community in reducing violent conflicts. Lectures and readings will analyze the politics of international conflict management, the roles played by states and international organizations, and examine relevant concepts offered by a variety of theories from the social sciences. The course will also feature a conflict management simulation for the participants.
Associate Professor of Middle East History, California State University, San Marcos Campus
Ibrahim Al-Marashi is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Formally, he taught courses on Conflict Resolution in the Middle East, and Conflict Resolution and the Media at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, and at the UN University of Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has worked with organizations such as UNDP, UNESCO, and other NGOs on developing media in post-conflict environments, particularly Iraq.
His research deals with the security issues in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, and is the co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History (Routledge, 2008). He obtained his D.Phil. at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He is also a 2001 graduate of TFAS’ Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES) convened in Chania, Greece. Ibrahim is an Iraqi-American who lived at various times in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey, and has travelled extensively through the Middle East, Balkans, East Africa, and South Asia.