Global Conflict in the Modern Era

The Leiden University master’s specialisation in Global Conflict in the Modern Era engages you with the scholarly debates about global conflict today and in the recent past. You will explore the security measures that have been instituted locally, regionally and globally in the modern world.

Choose Global Conflict in the Modern Era at Leiden University:

  • Study the patterns of war and peace in the modern world from a multidisciplinary angle, incorporating history, political and social science and area expertise.
  • Examine the core concepts and dominant approaches to the study of war, to subsequently move onto more recent and critical takes on these phenomena.
  • Investigate war, terrorism, insurgency and genocide as prevalent modes of violent expression. Are these phenomena driven by political considerations? Or are there other explanations for the use of violence?
  • Explore the theoretical and empirical explanations for war and peace, that have been offered by the academic scholarship.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: International Relations
  • Degree Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60734

A word from dr. A.M. O'Malley

“History is a crucial component of international studies. Every query about the nature and form of international relations begins with a solid understanding of the historical context of the question.

I am Assistant Professor of International Studies, teaching a range of courses on the history of international relations as part of the MA International Relations: International Studies programme. History is a crucial component of international studies. Every query about the nature and form of international relations begins with a solid understanding of the historical context of the question. It is particularly important for the International Studies programme given our innovative approach to international relations and the critical focus on non-Western approaches to international issues.

I teach specific electives on the History of the United Nations and 20th Century International Relations. Both of these classes encourage students to question interpretations of the past that have been inscribed into ideas and practices of international relations today. This process of challenging how we think about past events opens up questions about how international norms have been created and whether or not they are universally applicable within international society.

The primacy on the role of history also points to the interdisciplinary nature of International Studies. This a second core component of the programme. It is designed not just to teach students about international relations but highlights how history and political science can be combined to shed light on how the international order is structured and the means by which it can be changed. Working for such a forward thinking programme is a daily challenge in thinking about how international relations work and how to revise my own interpretations of historical events; an exciting and rewarding endeavour.”

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