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Course Number: 90-865

Regional Security in the Horn of Africa

Units: 6

The course is intended for public policy, health care policy and management, international affairs, political science, history, and developmental economics students.

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with current regional security issues of the Horn of Africa and to give an all round analysis of this very complex, volatile and turbulent part of the world. In so doing focus would be undertaken on the Sudan, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Eritrea, and Djibouti. Current developments in Somalia; the search for a peaceful solution to the Abyei region of Southern Sudan; the simmering Ethiopian Eritrean conflict; proxy fighting and implications to the region’s stability; role and contribution of the African Union, the United Nations, the European Community and the USA in the region would be assessed.

An investigation of the salient regional security issues of this region and issues of concern such as terrorism; religious radicalism; hydro politics; sea piracy; ethnic politics; environmental degradation and challenges; poverty and poverty reduction strategies; health issues and the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic/ pandemic and last but not least population issues and the challenges of regional integration and activities of the regional organization IGAD and its role in security matters, conflict management and resolution would be made.

The security interest of the USA in this region would also be a focus of analysis. Does the US have “stakes” and “interests” in this region? If yes, what are they? How, when and where do the “national and security- military strategic interests” of the USA and the region converge and diverge? The US strategy and efforts to fight terrorism and religious radicalism in this region would be assessed.