The course will examine the changing patterns of conflict and conflict management in contemporary international relations, together with their causes and their consequences.

First, the course will present the features and trends that have come to characterize the contemporary international system. In this regard, it will pay particular attention to the main changes in conflict patterns, thus dealing with the shifts from conventional to unconventional international violence; from inter-state to intra-state conflicts; and, from war to military interventions. Second, it will deal with the issue of regionalism, in order to substantiate how and why the contemporary system is strategically diverging from the Cold War global dynamics. Third, it will present and debate what are the main contemporary patterns of conflict management, by focusing both on states and on non state actors as security providers. Fourth, it will focus on the role the US plays in contemporary politics; and, its future prospects.