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This course examines the messy relationship between violent conflict and the politics of development. We study these complex dynamics through a substantive focus on five key issues in the field, including rebel governance, humanitarian intervention, data, civil war, and conflict-related sexual violence. Pedagogically, the course relies on contemporary research conducted in and on the global South, including cases ranging from the Middle East, to Africa, to Latin America, as well as guest speakers who will share their cutting-edge research. In addition to the substantive aims of the course, we will also reflect on questions of knowledge production—that is, how do scholars go about identifying and understanding issues of conflict and development? Who sets research agendas on these topics, what methods do researchers employ to answer them, and how do these processes shape research findings? These questions are especially important for our understanding of conflict and development, issue areas that are deeply enmeshed in global power inequalities. At the end of the course, students will be able to critically discuss several key issues in conflict and development, and reflect on how different research methods, author positionality, and knowledge production shape academic research on conflict and development.