Global Village Living-Learning Center | Barriers to Democracy in the Middle East
G220 | 27423 | Perekli


(3 cr.) (S&H) (TR, 11:15-12:30)  This course familiarizes students
with the various authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the
reasons for their long-lasting survival, as well as their attempts
to democratize themselves. We will begin with an examination of some
structural factors, such as the role of Islam, tribal formations and
Middle Eastern economies, in order to explain the resilience of
Middle Eastern authoritarianism. We will further our examination by
looking at some institutional factors, such as state structures,
military and opposition forces, and their relations with each other
so as to grasp the development of the democratization process in the
Middle East. Several case studies from Gulf monarchies and other
Arab states, in addition to Turkey and Iran, will help students
recognize the complexities and differences of several Middle Eastern
countries’ democratization processes. NOTE: This course is being
offered jointly with NELC-N204.