College of Arts and Sciences | Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics
C104 | 29344 | Bovingdon, G.

COLL-C 104 29344 Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics (Bovingdon, G.: Central
Eurasian Studies) (S & H) (3 cr.)

2:30-3:20PM MW
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times

The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 focused new attention
on the resource-rich and multi-ethnic states of Central Asia.  The
September 11 attacks made clear that political Islam and state
collapse were regional problems with global implications. This course
will introduce students to the history and modern politics of "greater
Central Asia," focusing on the Turco-Iranian countries stretching from
Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan but including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and
northwest China's Turkic and Islamic Xinjiang region as well.  The
course opens with the Russian conquest and the Anglo-Russian "Great
Game," then focuses on individual countries with guest lectures by
regional experts.  The course will examine trans-border or regional
issues (post-socialist economic transition, disputes over energy,
water, etc.), and close with global currents such as Islamism and the
post-Cold War rivalries among Russia, China, and the United States.