Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Contemporary Middle East in World Politics
N205 | 25151 | Sinno, A


This course introduces you to the interaction among people,
governments and outside powers in the greater Middle East. Topics
covered include: Background (geography/history/culture/religion).
Colonial legacy. The influence of the global configuration of power on
international relations in the Middle East, the Cold War and post Cold
War era. Non-Alignment and dependency. Hegemony, cooption and
challengers. The role of resources. OPEC. The Arab League. Attempts at
unity and other regional arrangements. The role of identity and
ideology. Role of diasporas. The Arab-Israeli conflict. Zionism and
the Palestinian predicament. The Iraq-Iran War. The Gulf Wars.
Bandwaggoning and balancing. Weapons of mass destruction and other
tools for the projection of power in the region. Transnational
movements. International dimensions of religion, ethnicity, and civil
wars. Democracy as pretense for intervention. The effect of the flow
of goods, people and services among Middle Eastern states, and with
other countries. The "Arab street". Security issues. Return to
colonialism? Prospects for the future.