This class will introduce students to the international political significance of the modern Middle East. The basic structure of the course combines political science concepts with a detailed survey of the region’s diplomatic history. Specific topics will include the role of the great powers in the area’s politics; the Arab-Israeli conflict; the geopolitical implications of the Persian Gulf’s oil reserves; terrorism; the causes and impact of the Iranian Revolution; the rise of Islamist movements; nuclear proliferation; the causes and consequences of the Iraq War; the Arab Spring and the Syrian crisis; and future prospects for stability in the area. By the end of the course, students will have not only gained insight into these specific issues but, more importantly, will have developed an ability to think critically and analytically about the arguments and ideas relating to the international relations of the Middle East espoused by different scholars and policymakers.
The Class: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, one 6- to 8-page paper, midterm, final
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors with an International Relations concentration, History majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses